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Job functions of Swedish public and private sector vocational rehabilitation workers
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 31, no 19, p. 1614-1624Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose. This study has had two main aims, the first to investigate and gather knowledge of the major job functions of Swedish rehabilitation workers, the second to study the frequency of use of these functions in the VR process.

Method. Structured questionnaires were sent to Swedish rehabilitation workers from public and private sectors. To identify the major dimensions of Swedish rehabilitation workers' job in the vocational rehabilitation (VR) process, a principal component factor analysis was performed.

Results. Results revealed that there are four main factors (dimensions) that comprised the VR process in Sweden. The four factors (dimensions) are job development and career counselling; assessment and counselling interventions; workplace adjustment and employer consultation and client support, personnel development and public relations.

Conclusions. The VR process in Sweden is limited in both its scope and depth. This when one compares with the results of studies carried out in the USA, who found seven and six dimensions, respectively. It is argued that it cannot be excluded that the negative trend of extensive sick leave and early pensions are attributable to the limitations in the VR process that have been found. Suggested is the urgent need to put resources in place that would support the further advancement of the knowledge and competencies of the VR services in Sweden.

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2009. Vol. 31, no 19, p. 1614-1624
Keywords [en]
Job functions; vocational rehabilitation services; Swedish rehabilitation workers
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Psychology Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-9602DOI: 10.1080/09638280902736353ISI: 000268820200009PubMedID: 19479560Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-70849099981OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-9602DiVA, id: diva2:233528
Available from: 2009-09-01 Created: 2009-09-01 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved

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