A qualitative evaluation of occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with rheumatoid arthritis : occupational therapists’ perspectives

Prior, Y ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9831-6254, Amanna, EA, Bodell, SJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2309-3479 and Hammond, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5266-9991 2015, 'A qualitative evaluation of occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with rheumatoid arthritis : occupational therapists’ perspectives' , British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78 (8) , pp. 467-474.

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Introduction: Occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for employed people with inflammatory arthritis and work problems was piloted in five hospitals in the United Kingdom. This qualitative study explored the views of participating occupational therapists and their line managers about the work rehabilitation training received and conducting the intervention, with particular focus on the structured interview used, the Work Experience Survey – Rheumatic Conditions. Method: Face-to-face semi-structured interviews were conducted with occupational therapists (n¼9), followed by telephone interviews with their line managers (n¼2). Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and thematically analysed by three researchers to maximize validity. Results: The main themes emerging from the occupational therapists’ interviews were: varying levels of prior knowledge and experience of work rehabilitation, initial concerns about the feasibility of a lengthy work assessment in practice and increased confidence in delivering work rehabilitation as the study progressed. The line managers’ interviews generated themes around the positive impact of the work rehabilitation training the occupational therapists received, and changes in their practice. Conclusion: The Work Experience Survey – Rheumatic Conditions was considered a good choice of work assessment which can be implemented in practice. Once therapists had provided the work intervention several times, their confidence and skills increased

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rheumatoid arthritis, Work disability, Work assessment, Vocational rehabilitation, Work rehabilitation, Rheumatology
Themes: Health and Wellbeing
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: Sage
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0308-0226
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Funders: Arthritis Research UK
Depositing User: Professor Alison Hammond
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2015 11:10
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2018 07:06
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/36813

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