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Functional Capacity Evaluation Research: Report from the Third International Functional Capacity Evaluation Research Meeting.

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The Predictive Validity of the Return-to-Work Self-Efficacy Scale for Return-to-Work Outcomes in Claimants with Musculoskeletal Disorders.

The Predictive Validity of the Return-to-Work Self-Efficacy Scale for Return-to-Work Outcomes in Claimants with Musculoskeletal Disorders.

J Occup Rehabil. 2015 May 20;

Authors: Brouwer S, Amick BC, Lee H, Franche RL, Hogg-Johnson S

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Purpose To examine the predictive validity of the Return-to-Work Self-Efficacy (RTWSE) Scale in terms of the scale’s baseline absolute values and of changes in self-efficacy scores, with the outcome of return-to-work (RTW) status in a sample of injured workers with upper extremity and back musculoskeletal disorders. Methods RTWSE was measured with a 10-item scale assessing Overall RTWSE and three self-efficacy subdomains: (1) ability to cope with pain, (2) ability to obtain help from supervisor and (3) ability to obtain help from co-workers. Outcome measures included RTW status (yes/no) measured at 6- and 12-month follow-up. RTWSE improvement was defined as an increase in self-efficacy scores between baseline and 6-month follow-up time points. Logistic regression analyses were performed with RTW status as the dependent variable and adjusted for age, gender, educational level, personal income, pain site, pain severity, functional status, and depressive symptoms, and for baseline RTWSE scores in the improvement score analyses. Results A total of 632 claimants completed the baseline telephone interview 1 month post-injury; 446 subjects completed the 6-month interview (71 %) and 383 subjects completed the 12-month interview (61 %). The baseline Pain RTWSE scores were found to be useful to predict RTW status 6 months post-injury, with a trend for baseline Overall RTWSE. Improvements over time in Overall RTWSE and in Co-worker RTWSE were found to be useful to predict 12-month RTW status, with trends for improvements in Supervisor RTWSE and Pain RTWSE. Conclusion The study found evidence supporting the predictive validity of the RTWSE scale within 12 months after injury. The RTWSE scale may be a potentially valuable scale in research and in managing work disabled claimants with musculoskeletal disorders.

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Workers’ Health Surveillance in the Meat Processing Industry: Work and Health Indicators Associated with Work Ability.

Workers’ Health Surveillance in the Meat Processing Industry: Work and Health Indicators Associated with Work Ability.

J Occup Rehabil. 2015 Feb 13;

Authors: van Holland BJ, Soer R, de Boer MR, Reneman MF, Brouwer S

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Background Workers’ health surveillance (WHS) programs commonly measure a large number of indicators addressing health habits and health risks. Recently, work ability and functional capacity have been included as important risk measures in WHS. In order to address work ability appropriately, knowledge of associations with work and health measures is necessary. The objective of this study was to evaluate which of the factors measured in a WHS are independently associated with work ability in a group of meat processing workers. Methods A cross-sectional study was performed in a large meat processing company in The Netherlands. Data were collected during a WHS between February 2012 and March 2014. Personal characteristics, health habits and health-risk indicators, functional capacity, and work-related factors were measured. Work ability was measured with the Work Ability Index and was used as dependent variable. Univariable and multivariable logistic regression analyses were conducted, a receiver operating characteristic curve was constructed and the area under the curve (AUC) was calculated. Results Data sets from 230 employees were used for analyses. The average age was 53 years and the average work ability index score was 39.3. In the final multivariable model age (OR 0.94), systolic blood pressure (OR 1.03), need for recovery (OR 0.56), and overhead work capacity (OR 3.95) contributed significantly. The AUC for this model was 0.81 (95 % CI 0.75-0.86). Conclusion Findings from the current study indicate that multifactorial outcomes (age, systolic blood pressure, need for recovery, and overhead work capacity) from a WHS were independently associated with work ability. These factors can be used to assess employees at risk for low work ability and might provide directions for interventions.

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The Mental Disability Military Assessment Tool: A Reliable Tool for Determining Disability in Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

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The Mental Disability Military Assessment Tool: A Reliable Tool for Determining Disability in Veterans with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder.

J Occup Rehabil. 2015 Jan 9;

Authors: Fokkens AS, Groothoff JW, van der Klink JJ, Popping R, Stewart RE, van de Ven L, Brouwer S, Tuinstra J

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Purpose An assessment tool was developed to assess disability in veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to a military mission. The objective of this study was to determine the reliability, intra-rater and inter-rater variation of the Mental Disability Military (MDM) assessment tool. Methods Twenty-four assessment interviews of veterans with an insurance physician were videotaped. Each videotaped interview was assessed by a group of five independent raters on limitations of the veterans using the MDM assessment tool. After 2 months the raters repeated this procedure. Next the intra-rater and inter-rater variation was assessed with an adjusted version of AG09 computing weighted percentage agreement. Results The results of this study showed that both the intra-rater variation and inter-rater variation on the ten subcategories of the MDM assessment tool were small, with an agreement of 84-100 % within raters and 93-100 % between raters. Conclusions The MDM assessment tool proves to be a reliable instrument to measure PTSD limitations in functioning in Dutch military veterans who apply for disability compensation. Further research is needed to assess the validity of this instrument.

PMID: 25573017 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

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Towards an ICF- and IMMPACT-based pain vocational rehabilitation core set in the Netherlands.

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Towards an ICF- and IMMPACT-based pain vocational rehabilitation core set in the Netherlands.

J Occup Rehabil. 2013 Dec;23(4):576-84

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Developing research on performance-based functional work assessment: report on the first international functional capacity evaluation research meeting.

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Expectations from Different Perspectives on Future Work Outcome of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Expectations from Different Perspectives on Future Work Outcome of Young Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

J Occup Rehabil. 2014 Jun 17;

Authors: Holwerda A, Brouwer S, de Boer MR, Groothoff JW, van der Klink JJ

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Purpose Expectations strongly influence future employment outcomes and social networks seem to mediate employment success of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The aim of this study is to examine the expectations of young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities from special needs education, their parents and their school teachers regarding future work and the extent to which these expectations predict work outcome. Methods Data on 341 young adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, coming from special needs education, aged 17-20 years, and with an ability to work according to the Social Security Institute were examined. Results The school teacher’s expectation was the only perspective that significantly predicted entering competitive employment, with a complementary effect of the expectation of parents and a small additional effect of the expectation of the young adult. Conclusions Expectations of school teachers and parents are valuable in predicting work outcome. Therefore, it is important for professionals working with the young adult in the transition from school to work to incorporate the knowledge of school teachers and parents regarding the abilities of the young adult to enter competitive employment as a valuable source of information.

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Erratum To: Experts Opinion on the Use of Normative Data for Functional Capacity Evaluation in Occupational and Rehabilitation Medicine and Disability Claims.

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Erratum To: Experts Opinion on the Use of Normative Data for Functional Capacity Evaluation in Occupational and Rehabilitation Medicine and Disability Claims.
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Experts Opinion on the Use of Normative Data for Functional Capacity Evaluation in Occupational and Rehabilitation Medicine and Disability Claims.

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Experts Opinion on the Use of Normative Data for Functional Capacity Evaluation in Occupational and Rehabilitation Medicine and Disability Claims.

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Predictors of Functional Improvement and Future Work Status After the Disability Benefit Claim: A Prospective Cohort Study.

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Predictors of Functional Improvement and Future Work Status After the Disability Benefit Claim: A Prospective Cohort Study.

J Occup Rehabil. 2014 Feb 12;

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Prognostic factors for successful work functioning in the general working population.

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Prognostic factors for successful work functioning in the general working population.

J Occup Rehabil. 2013 Jun;23(2):162-9

Authors: Abma FI, Amick BC, van der Klink JJ, Bültmann U

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PURPOSE: To help workers to stay at work in a healthy productive and sustainable way and for the development of interventions to improve work functioning, it is important to have insight in prognostic factors for successful work functioning. The aim of this study is to identify prognostic factors for successful work functioning in a general working population.
METHODS: A longitudinal study (3 months follow-up) was conducted among the working population (N = 98). Work functioning was assessed with the Work Role Functioning Questionnaire 2.0 (WRFQ). The total score was categorized as follows: 0-90; >90 ≤95; and >95-100 (defined as ‘successful work functioning’). Ordinal logistic regression analyses were performed to examine bivariate relationships between potential prognostic factors and the dependent variable (successful work functioning) to identify potential prognostic factors for the multivariate models (p < 0.10). A stepwise approach was used to introduce the variables in the multiple ordinal regression analyses.
RESULTS: Baseline work functioning and work ability were significant prognostic factors for successful work functioning at 3 months follow-up. No prospective associations were identified for psychological job demands and supervisor social support with successful work functioning.
CONCLUSION: To our knowledge this is the first longitudinal study to identify prognostic factors for successful work functioning in the general working population. High work ability is predictive for future successful work functioning, independent of baseline work functioning.

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In-depth study of the workers’ perspectives to enhance sustainable working life: comparison between workers with and without a chronic health condition.

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J Occup Rehabil. 2013 Jun;23(2):170-9
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Leadership effectiveness: a supervisor’s approach to manage return to work.

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J Occup Rehabil. 2013 Sep;23(3):428-37
Authors: Schreuder JA, Groothoff JW, Jongsma D, van Zweeden NF, van der Klink JJ, Roelen CA
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Self-reported work ability and work performance in workers with chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain.

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Self-reported work ability and work performance in workers with chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain.

J Occup Rehabil. 2013 Mar;23(1):1-10

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The work role functioning questionnaire 2.0 (Dutch version): examination of its reliability, validity and responsiveness in the general working population.

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The work role functioning questionnaire 2.0 (Dutch version): examination of its reliability, validity and responsiveness in the general working population.

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How to Engage Occupational Physicians in Recruitment of Research Participants: A Mixed-Methods Study of Challenges and Opportunities.

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How to Engage Occupational Physicians in Recruitment of Research Participants: A Mixed-Methods Study of Challenges and Opportunities.

J Occup Rehabil. 2013 May 21;

Authors: Arends I, Bültmann U, Shaw WS, van Rhenen W, Roelen C, Nielsen K, van der Klink JJ

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Purpose To investigate barriers and facilitators for research participant recruitment by occupational physicians (OPs). Methods A mixed-methods approach was used. Focus groups and interviews were conducted with OPs to explore perceived barriers and facilitators for recruitment. Based on data of a cluster-randomised controlled trial (cluster-RCT), univariate and multivariate analyses were conducted to investigate associations between OPs’ personal and work characteristics and the number of recruited participants for the cluster-RCT per OP. Results Perceived barriers and facilitators for recruitment were categorised into: study characteristics (e.g. concise inclusion criteria); study population characteristics; OP’s attention; OP’s workload; context (e.g. working at different locations); and OP’s characteristics (e.g. motivated to help). Important facilitators were encouragement by colleagues and reminders by information technology tools. Multivariate analyses showed that the number of OPs within the clinical unit who recruited participants was positively associated with the number of recruited participants per OP [rate ratio of 1.43, 95 % confidence interval 1.24-1.64]. Conclusions When mobilising OPs for participant recruitment, researchers need to engage entire clinical units rather than approach OPs on an individual basis. OPs consider regular communication, especially face-to-face contact and information technology tools serving as reminders, as helpful.

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Workers who stay at work despite chronic nonspecific musculoskeletal pain: do they differ from workers with sick leave?

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J Occup Rehabil. 2012 Dec;22(4):489-502

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Predictors for work participation in individuals with an Autism spectrum disorder: a systematic review.

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Predictors for work participation in individuals with an Autism spectrum disorder: a systematic review.

J Occup Rehabil. 2012 Sep;22(3):333-52

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Return to work after cancer diagnosed in 2002, 2005 and 2008.

Return to work after cancer diagnosed in 2002, 2005 and 2008.

J Occup Rehabil. 2011 Sep;21(3):335-41

Authors: Roelen CA, Koopmans PC, Groothoff JW, van der Klink JJ, Bültmann U

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Long-term health and work outcomes of renal transplantation and patterns of work status during the end-stage renal disease trajectory.

Long-term health and work outcomes of renal transplantation and patterns of work status during the end-stage renal disease trajectory.

J Occup Rehabil. 2011 Sep;21(3):325-34

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