A qualitative approach to assessing work ability
2013 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 44, no 4, 393-404 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
PROBLEM: We often need to be able to assess the extent to which individuals have or lack work ability. For this we need instruments. Most of the instruments available have flaws. They either lack validity or they use roundabout methods when collecting information about the individuals work ability. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanOBJECTIVES: The aim of this paper is to present a conceptual model for constructing a questionnaire that can be used for assessing work ability. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMETHODS: The methods used are philosophical, i.e. analytical and deductive. A conceptual theory is provided, and based on the resulting definition of the concept of "work ability" conclusions are drawn regarding how to assess work ability. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanRESULTS: When constructing quantitative instruments, we can increase validity through using a more strict definition of work ability. However, such an approach will only solve some of the problems noted above. The proposal is, instead, to create a qualitative questionnaire, founded on a definition of "work ability", which focuses on the concrete problems concerning the work ability of the individual. Finally, a sketch of such an instrument is provided, with questions covering all the relevant aspects of work ability. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanCONCLUSION: The qualitative questionnaire proposed is believed to be superior to more traditional (quantitative) instruments for assessing a persons work ability, as well as for finding solutions to her problems concerning work ability.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IOS Press , 2013. Vol. 44, no 4, 393-404 p.
Evaluation, occupational competence, occupational virtues, questionnaire, work tasks
Engineering and Technology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-103398DOI: 10.3233/WOR-2012-1361ISI: 000316852800003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-103398DiVA: diva2:689082