Positive encounters with rehabilitation professionals reported by persons with experience of sickness absence
2004 (English)In: Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 22, no 3, 247-254 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
More knowledge is needed on different factors that can promote return to work among sick-listed persons. One such factor might be by their interactions with the rehabilitation professionals they encounter. The aim of the present study was to identify and analyze statements about positive encounters with rehabilitation staff, reported by persons who had been absent from work with back, neck, or shoulder diagnoses. A descriptive and explorative qualitative approach was used to analyze data from five focus-group interviews. There were few statements on positive encounters, and they were frequently attributed to sheer luck. Experiences of positive encounters were assigned to two major categories: respectful treatment and supportive treatment. Receiving adequate medical examination or treatment was also mentioned as being positive. Further efforts are needed to study and develop methods for investigating interactions with rehabilitation professionals that laypersons experience as positive and that may contribute to empowerment and influence return to work when sickness absent.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 22, no 3, 247-254 p.
sickness absence, sick leave, rehabilitation, encounter, return to work
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-14286OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-14286DiVA: diva2:23106