Patient perspectives on key outcomes for vocational rehabilitation interventions following traumatic injury

Bridger, K., Kellezi, B. ORCID: 0000-0003-4825-3624, Kendrick, D., Radford, K., Timmons, S., Rennoldson, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-7131-8740, Jones, T. and Kettlewell, J., 2021. Patient perspectives on key outcomes for vocational rehabilitation interventions following traumatic injury. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18 (4): 2035. ISSN 1661-7827

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Abstract

Returning to work after traumatic injury can have a range of benefits, but there is currently little research that incorporates patient perspectives to identify outcomes of vocational rehabilitation interventions that are important to survivors. Trauma survivors (n = 17) participated in in-depth semi-structured interviews or focus groups exploring outcomes that were important to them for recovery and return to work. Data were analysed using thematic analysis. Participants identified a range of outcomes that they considered important and necessary to facilitate a successful and sustainable return to work: physical and psychological recovery, purposeful life engagement, managing expectations of recovery, managing expectations about return to work, and employers’ expectations. Our participants advocated for a multifaceted and biopsychosocial understanding of recovery and outcomes that need to be captured for vocational rehabilitation interventions. Implications for practice and research are discussed, and recommendations are given based on the findings.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: This paper has been written on behalf of the wider Return to Work after Trauma (ROWTATE) team, including all grant co-applicants and members of our Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group. The authors would like to acknowledge their support in conducting this research. We would also like to thank all participants for taking part in this research.
Publication Title: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Creators: Bridger, K., Kellezi, B., Kendrick, D., Radford, K., Timmons, S., Rennoldson, M., Jones, T. and Kettlewell, J.
Publisher: MDPI
Date: 19 February 2021
Volume: 18
Number: 4
ISSN: 1661-7827
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.3390/ijerph18042035DOI
1411120Other
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 25 Feb 2021 16:28
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2021 16:28
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42392

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