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A qualitative evaluation of occupational
therapy-led work rehabilitation for people
with inflammatory arthritis : patients’ views

Prior, Y; Amanna, A; Bodell, SJ; Hammond, A

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therapy-led work rehabilitation for people
with inflammatory arthritis : patients’ views Thumbnail


A Amanna


Introduction: This qualitative study, nested in a pilot feasibility randomised controlled trial, explored the views of working people
with inflammatory arthritis on the impact of a work rehabilitation programme received.

Method: Thirty-two participants, drawn from the 55 participants in the associated randomised controlled trial, were recruited from
secondary care in the United Kingdom. Semi-structured telephone and face-to-face interviews were conducted at six (n = 32) and
nine months follow-up (n = 31). Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed, and analysed using a constant comparative
approach, under the theoretical framework of critical realism.

Findings: Three overarching themes emerged: (1) intervention group participants valued the work rehabilitation programme
received, and highlighted the benefits of occupational therapy; (2) control group participants reported no benefits in relation to the
written work advice pack, and lacked future aspirations to stay employed; (3) the majority of participants reported not reading the
written work advice pack provided, which was the only work advice received by the control group.

Conclusion: Working people with inflammatory arthritis highly valued the practical support received from the therapists, and
emphasised the value of the therapeutic relationship in the rehabilitation process. A tailor-made work rehabilitation programme,
which incorporates cognitive-behavioural strategies into patient education, may help to reduce work instability in people with
inflammatory arthritis, and increase their perceived self-efficacy


with inflammatory arthritis : patients’ views. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80(1), 39-48.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 5, 2016
Online Publication Date Nov 21, 2016
Publication Date Jan 1, 2017
Deposit Date Dec 15, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 15, 2016
Journal British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Print ISSN 0308-0226
Electronic ISSN 1477-6006
Publisher SAGE Publications
Volume 80
Issue 1
Pages 39-48
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Additional Information Projects : Work Rehabilitation in Inflammatory Arthritis. Effectiveness and cost effectiveness of an occupational therapy (OT) job retention intervention: a pilot randomised controlled trial.


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