The views of rheumatology occupational therapists of a vocational rehabilitation programme

Prior, Y ORCID:, Bodell, S, Amanna, A and Hammond, A ORCID: 2013, The views of rheumatology occupational therapists of a vocational rehabilitation programme , in: 12th Congress of European Forum for Research in Rehabilitation, 11th-14th September 2013, Istanbul, Turkey.

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Objective: Work disability in inflammatory arthritis (IA) is common. Rheumatology Occupational Therapists (OTs) are well-placed to identify people with IA’s work problems as their role includes evaluating the impact of arthritis on functional ability, work and social roles. However, most OTs in the UK have little or no experience in vocational rehabilitation (VR) (COT, 2009). Materials-Methods: As part of a pilot randomised controlled trial, a VR intervention was modified for use in the UK from an American study (Allaire et al, 2003). Rheumatology OTs (n=9) attended three-days training in this VR delivered by VR experts. Training included talks, practical sessions, co-teaching, role play, self-study, on-going mentor support, and a resource file with information on VR strategies, adaptive equipment, legislation and employment services. After training and intervention delivery with 2-3 patients each, semi-structured interviews with the OTs were conducted, recorded, transcribed and thematically analysed by three researchers to ensure validity. Results: Two overarching themes emerged from the data. These were: the varying levels of prior knowledge and experience of VR amongst rheumatology OTs; and the need for a more comprehensive approach to VR training. All OTs found the training and resources very valuable, but several stated the training programme assumed too much prior knowledge and expertise in VR. More comprehensive training, including more practical training, activity analysis and practising VR delivery with feedback were recommended. Conclusion: Rheumatology OTs needed a more extensive VR training programme. For a full trial, we will extend this to 5 days including greater practical experience.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Publisher: Turkish Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
ISSN: 2587-0823
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Funders: Arthrtis Research UK
Depositing User: Professor Alison Hammond
Date Deposited: 01 Sep 2020 10:22
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2021 11:46

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