The first six years of building and implementing a return-to-work service for patients with acquired brain injury

The rapid-return-to-work-cohort-study

L. Haveraaen, E.P.M. Brouwers, U. Sveen, L. S. Skarpaas, H. Sagvaag, R. W. Aas

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Background and objective
Despite large activity worldwide in building and implementing new return-to-work (RTW) services, few studies have focused on how such implementation processes develop. The aim of this study was to examine the development in patient and service characteristics the first six years of implementing a RTW service for persons with acquired brain injury (ABI).
Methods
The study was designed as a cohort study (n=189). Data were collected by questionnaires, filled out by the service providers. The material was divided into, and analyzed with, two implementation phases. Non-parametrical statistical methods and hierarchical regression analyses were applied on the material.
Results
The number of patients increased significantly, and the patient group became more homogeneous. Both the duration of the service, and the number of consultations and group session days were significantly reduced.
Conclusion
The patient group became more homogenous, but also significantly larger during the first six years of building the RTW service. At the same time, the duration of the service decreased. This study therefore questions if there is a lack of consensus on the intensity of work rehabilitation for this group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-632
JournalJournal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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The first six years of building and implementing a return-to-work service for patients with acquired brain injury : The rapid-return-to-work-cohort-study. / Haveraaen, L.; Brouwers, E.P.M.; Sveen, U.; Skarpaas, L. S.; Sagvaag, H.; Aas, R. W.

In: Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, Vol. 27, No. 4, 2017, p. 623-632.

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