The development and evaluation of a vocational rehabilitation training programme for rheumatology occupational therapists

O'BRIEN, Rachel, WOODBRIDGE, Sarah, HAMMOND, Alison, ADKIN, Julie and CULLEY, June (2013). The development and evaluation of a vocational rehabilitation training programme for rheumatology occupational therapists. Musculoskeletal Care, 11 (2), 99-105.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/msc.1050
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    Abstract

    People with inflammatory arthritis rapidly develop work disability, yet there is limited provision of vocational rehabilitation (VR) in rheumatology departments. As part of a randomized, controlled trial, ten occupational therapists (OTs) were surveyed to identify their current VR provision and training needs. As a result, a VR training course for OTs was developed which included both taught and self-directed learning. The course included: employment and health and safety legislation, work assessment and practical application of ergonomic principles at work. Pre-, immediately post- and two months post-training, the ten OTs completed a questionnaire about their VR knowledge and confidence On completion, they reported a significant increase (p<0.01)in their knowledge and confidence when delivering vocational rehabilitation. They rated the course as very or extremely relevant, although seven recommended more practical sessions. The preference for practical sessions was highlighted, in that the aspects they felt most beneficial were role-playing assessments and sharing ideas through discussion and presentations. In conclusion, the course was considered effective in increasing both knowledge and confidence in using VR as an intervention, but, due to time constraints within the working day, some of the self-directed learning should be incorporated into the training days.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Article first published online: 24 MAY 2013
    Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Health and Social Care Research
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1002/msc.1050
    Page Range: 99-105
    Depositing User: Helen Garner
    Date Deposited: 13 Jun 2013 11:16
    Last Modified: 13 Jun 2017 13:08
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7098

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