A qualitative evaluation of occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with inflammatory arthritis : patients’ views

Prior, Yeliz, Amanna, Aparna, Bodell, SJ and Hammond, A 2016, 'A qualitative evaluation of occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with inflammatory arthritis : patients’ views' , British Journal of Occupational Therapy , pp. 1-10.

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Introduction: This qualitative study, nested in a pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial, explored the views of working people with inflammatory arthritis on the impact of a work rehabilitation programme received. Method: Thirty-two participants, drawn from the 55 participants in the associated randomised controlled trial, were recruited from secondary care in the United Kingdom. Semi-structured telephone and face-to-face interviews were conducted at six (n ¼ 32) and nine months follow-up (n ¼ 31). Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, and analysed using a constant comparative approach, under the theoretical framework of critical realism. Findings: Three overarching themes emerged: (1) intervention group participants valued the work rehabilitation programme received, and highlighted the benefits of occupational therapy; (2) control group participants reported no benefits in relation to the written work advice pack, and lacked future aspirations to stay employed; (3) the majority of participants reported not reading the written work advice pack provided, which was the only work advice received by the control group. Conclusion: Working people with inflammatory arthritis highly valued the practical support received from the therapists, and emphasised the value of the therapeutic relationship in the rehabilitation process. A tailor-made work rehabilitation programme, which incorporates cognitive-behavioural strategies into patient education, may help to reduce work instability in people with inflammatory arthritis, and increase their perceived self-efficacy

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
ISSN: 0308-0226
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Funders: Arthritis Research UK
Depositing User: Dr Yeliz Prior
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2016 16:00
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2018 14:38
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40822

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