Stakeholders identify similar barriers but different strategies to facilitate return-to-work: A vignette of a worker with an upper extremity condition

Peters, Susan E., Truong, Anthony P. and Johnston, Venerina (2018) Stakeholders identify similar barriers but different strategies to facilitate return-to-work: A vignette of a worker with an upper extremity condition. Work , 59 3: 401-412. doi:10.3233/WOR-182692


Author Peters, Susan E.
Truong, Anthony P.
Johnston, Venerina
Title Stakeholders identify similar barriers but different strategies to facilitate return-to-work: A vignette of a worker with an upper extremity condition
Journal name Work    Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1875-9270
1051-9815
Publication date 2018-01-01
Year available 2018
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3233/WOR-182692
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 59
Issue 3
Start page 401
End page 412
Total pages 12
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher IOS Press
Language eng
Abstract Stakeholders involved in the return-to-work (RTW) process have different roles and qualificationsOBJECTIVE:To explore the perspectives of Australian stakeholders of the RTW barriers and strategies for a worker with an upper extremity condition and a complex workers' compensation case.

Using a case vignette, stakeholders were asked to identify barriers and recommend strategies to facilitate RTW. Content analysis was performed on the open-ended responses. The responses were categorised into RTW barriers and strategies using the biopsychosocial model. Pearson's Chi Square and ANOVA were performed to establish group differences.

621 participants (488 healthcare providers (HCPs), 62 employers, 55 insurers and 16 lawyers) identified 36 barriers (31 modifiable): 4 demographic; 8 biological; 15 psychological and 9 social barriers. 484 participants reported 16 RTW strategies: 4 biological; 6 psychological and 6 social strategies. 'Work relationship stressors' (83.4%) and 'Personal relationship stressors' (64.7%) were the most frequently nominated barriers. HCPs most frequently nominated 'Pain management' (49.6%), while employers, insurers and lawyers nominated 'RTW planning/Suitable duties programs' (40.5%; 42.9%; 80%).

Stakeholders perceived similar barriers for RTW but recommended different strategies. Stakeholders appeared to be more proficient in identifying barriers than recommending strategies. Future research should focus on tools to both identify RTW barriers and direct intervention.
Keyword Sick leave
Hand
Rehabilitation
Work disability
Wrist
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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