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Return to work after acquired brain injury: A patient perspective
Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Sinnescentrum, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Rehabilitation Medicine. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Sinnescentrum, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.
2012 (English)In: Brain Injury, ISSN 0269-9052, E-ISSN 1362-301X, Vol. 26, no 13-14, 1574-1585 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Primary objective: To study significant factors supporting vocational rehabilitation after acquired brain injury from a patient perspective. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods: Two focus group interviews were accomplished with former patients. One focus group interview with professional rehabilitation personnel was performed to review the correspondence between patients and professionals opinion. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanSubjects: Fourteen informants with acquired brain injury (ABI) were interviewed. All were working at the time of the focus group interviews. Three occupational therapists and two psychologists participated in the professional group. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults: Two themes were identified as significant for returning to work: Personal and Society factors. Identified meaningful units could be categorized into sub-categories, which were grouped into six main-and 14 sub-categories. The main categories were: Self-continuity, Coping, Social factors, Rehabilitation intervention, Professionalism and Health insurance. Length of treatment time was described as crucial for the rehabilitation process and for utilizing individual resources. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions: The effects of various synergies and processes form the basis for a successful return to work, which are dependent on, influence and reinforce each other. Society factors support personal factors to be used for returning to work after acquired brain injury. The impact of individual resources and rehabilitation highlights that vocational rehabilitation is inseparable from the individuals capacity, society and the context in which the individual lives.

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Informa Healthcare , 2012. Vol. 26, no 13-14, 1574-1585 p.
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Vocational rehabilitation outcome, qualitative interviews
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-86632DOI: 10.3109/02699052.2012.698363ISI: 000311419700004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-86632DiVA: diva2:580111
Available from: 2012-12-20 Created: 2012-12-20 Last updated: 2017-12-06

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