Development of a new tool to evaluate work support needs and guide vocational rehabilitation: the Work-ability Support Scale (WSS)

Fadyl, Joanna K., McPherson, Kathryn M., Schluter, Philip J. and Turner-Stokes, Lynne (2015) Development of a new tool to evaluate work support needs and guide vocational rehabilitation: the Work-ability Support Scale (WSS). Disability and Rehabilitation, 37 3: 247-258. doi:10.3109/09638288.2014.914586


Author Fadyl, Joanna K.
McPherson, Kathryn M.
Schluter, Philip J.
Turner-Stokes, Lynne
Title Development of a new tool to evaluate work support needs and guide vocational rehabilitation: the Work-ability Support Scale (WSS)
Journal name Disability and Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0963-8288
1464-5165
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/09638288.2014.914586
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 37
Issue 3
Start page 247
End page 258
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose: This article outlines our overall approach, qualitative work, and pilot testing to develop a tool to facilitate identification of level of support needs and assist in planning for vocational rehabilitation interventions. Methods: A set of foundation principles drawn from literature and previous critiques of work-ability assessment tools were used to guide a set of studies to develop a new tool. A review of the literature regarding factors that influence work-ability, qualitative interviews and focus groups with a range of stakeholders in the return-to-work process, and pilot testing in different settings were used to develop the Work-ability Support Scale (WSS) to a stage where it had face validity, usability and acceptability for a range of key stakeholders and was ready for further testing. Results: Qualitative work and pilot testing enhanced the proposed tool with a series of changes and refinements to the content, structure and scoring framework. The current version of the tool is presented. Inter-rater reliability is presented elsewhere. Conclusion: Core principles and stakeholders’ views (injured or sick workers, employers, case managers and health professionals) support current tool design. Although further testing is required, the WSS appears to hold potential for use in the assessment of vocational rehabilitation needs.
Keyword Assessment
Tool development
Work-ability
Work-ability Support Scale
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 30 April 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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