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Collaboration in work ability assessment for sick-listed persons in primary healthcare
Umeå Universitet.
Umeå Universitet.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
Umeå Universitet.
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2020 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, E-ISSN 1875-9270, Vol. 65, no 2, p. 409-420Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND:

General practitioners (GPs) have expressed difficulties in issuing sickness certificates and problems may arise if this work is not performed in an adequate manner. There is scant knowledge about how collaboration with other professions could be organized to enhance this work.

OBJECTIVE:

Evaluate the feasibility of occupational therapists (OTs) performing supplementary assessments for persons on sick leave.

METHODS:

Four healthcare centres (HCs) tested a working approach intervention where sick-listed patients were offered a complementary occupational therapy assessment. The OT assessments were intended to provide useful information for GP issued extended sickness certificates. Data on sick leave, sickness certificates and patient questionnaires were collected at different HCs. Interviews were conducted with GPs and OTs and the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research was used to analyse the intervention’s implementation.

RESULTS:

No major differences in the sickness certificate quality was found. Available data on sick leave increased for all HCs during the project. Not all GPs used the OT assessments, which indicates that the implementation of the intervention was insufficient.

CONCLUSION:

Testing a new working approach in primary healthcare requires an implementation strategy. To improve sickness certification quality, this work needs to be prioritized as an important healthcare task.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2020. Vol. 65, no 2, p. 409-420
Keywords [en]
feasibility study, general practitioners, health plan implementation, occupational therapists, Sick leave
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-38664DOI: 10.3233/WOR-203093Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85080850680OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-38664DiVA, id: diva2:1415106
Available from: 2020-03-17 Created: 2020-03-17 Last updated: 2020-03-17Bibliographically approved

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