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

Prior, Y ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9831-6254, Amanna, A, Bodell, SJ ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2309-3479 and Hammond, A ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5266-9991 2017, 'A qualitative evaluation of occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with inflammatory arthritis : patients’ views' , British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80 (1) , pp. 39-48.

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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 = 32) and nine months follow-up (n = 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 and Society > 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: 28 Aug 2021 16:39
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/40822

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