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A new model for vocational rehabilitation at an organizational level: A pilot study with promising results.
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Health Sciences.
2008 (English)In: Work: A journal of Prevention, Assesment and rehabilitation, ISSN 1051-9815, Vol. 30, no 2, 99-105 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Sick leave has negative economic consequences for companies. The aim of this study was to implement the model Organizational Rehabilitation in two departments at an industrial company in the county of Jämtland, Sweden, to see if it was possible to reduce the costs due to sick leave. The rehabilitation model consisted of three steps and combined economy and productivity with a good psychosocial work environment, measuring the result in costs. Step 1 consisted of a problem inventory among all co-workers, step 2 semi structured interviews with all co-workers regarding how they experience their work environment and step 3 individual agreements regarding rehabilitation interventions, i.e. interventions where the individual's specific needs and wishes outlined the foundation for rehabilitation measures with the objective of increasing work capacity. The costs were measured at the start and end of the project. The study showed that it is indeed possible to reduce both sick leave and costs. During the study, the organization reduced current sick leave from 12% (2003) to 3% (Nov. 2004) and the costs per employee from euro1 860 per month (2003) to euro440 per month (Nov. 2004). This will make an estimated saving for 2005 of euro470 000. It should be noted that the study is small and should not be generalized, but may be seen as a positive indication regarding the model organizational rehabilitation. Further research is needed.

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2008. Vol. 30, no 2, 99-105 p.
Keyword [en]
Vocational rehabilitation
Keyword [sv]
Rehabiliteringsvetenskap
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-1206ISI: 000256525300001PubMedID: 18413925Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-42149124871Local ID: 4693OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-1206DiVA: diva2:26238
Available from: 2008-11-29 Created: 2008-11-19 Last updated: 2009-06-07Bibliographically approved

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