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Title: The experience of return to work in individuals with traumatic brain injury.
Epworth Authors: Ross, Pamela
Ponsford, Jennie
Other Authors: Libeson, Lauren
Downing, Marina
Keywords: Traumatic Brain Injury
Return to Work
TBI Vocational Rehabilitation
Facilitating Factors
Limiting Factors
Client-Related Factors
Work-Related Factors
Rehabilition-Related Factors
RTW Outcomes
Quality of Life
Employment Outcomes
Monash-Epworth Rehabilitation Research Centre, Epworth HealthCare, Melbourne, Australia
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Conference Name: Epworth HealthCare Research Week 2018
Conference Location: Epworth Research Institute, Victoria, Australia
Abstract: Introduction / Background Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a leading cause of disability in young people, with return to work (RTW) a major goal of recovery. This study aimed to understand the RTW experience of individuals with TBI who had received comprehensive TBI vocational rehabilitation, and to identify the facilitating and limiting factors in the RTW process. Method 15 individuals with TBI were interviewed using a semi-structured interview developed by the research team. Interviews were transcribed and thematically analysed to identify common factors and themes. Results Three key factors were identified: client-related, work-related and rehabilitation-related. Across these factors, 12 themes that were critical to the success or failure of the RTW program were identified. Themes within client-related factors included family and social support, cognitive difficulties and motivation to RTW, with returning to work too early associated with unfavourable outcomes. Themes within work-related factors included work modifications, employer support, employee loyalty and financial incentives. Themes within rehabilitation-related factors included the RTW program, the role of the occupational therapist and work preparation. These key factors impacted the RTW outcome, which comprised three further themes: participants’ level of satisfaction with their roles, future vocational outlook and quality of life. Conclusions Consideration of these factors can inform improved vocational rehabilitation programs and may ultimately improve employment outcomes for those with TBI.
Type: Conference Poster
Affiliated Organisations: School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Descriptive Study
Appears in Collections:Rehabilitation
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