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Return to work following road accidents: Factors associated with late work resumption

Objective: To analyse factors associated with late return to work in road accident victims. Materials and methods: The ESPARR cohort comprises road accident victims monitored over time from initiation of hospital care. A total of 608 ESPARR cohort subjects were working at the time of their accident and answered questionnaires at 6 months and/or 1 year. For each level of overall severity of injury (Maximum – Abbreviated Injury Scale (M-AIS) 1, 2, 3 and 4–5), a time-off-work threshold was defined, beyond which the subject was deemed to be a late returner; 179 subjects were considered to be late in returning to work, while 402 showed a normal pattern of return. Logistic regression identified factors associated with late return. Results: Type of journey, overall injury severity and intention to press charges emerged as factors predictive of late return to work on the basis of the data collected at inclusion alone. After adjustment, pain (odds ratio (OR): 2.6; 95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.0–6.7) and physical sequelae (OR: 3.8; 95% CI 1.7–8.3) at 6 months and the fact of pressing charges (OR: 2.6; 95% CI 1.2–5.5) remained significantly linked with late return to work. Conclusion: Impaired health status at 6 months after the initial accident (in the form of persistent pain and physical sequelae) is a determining factor delaying return to work following a road traffic accident.

Source: http://jrm.medicaljournals.se/article/abstract/10.2340/16501977-0670 

Occupational Therapy Consultation for Case Managers in Community Mental Health: Exploring Strategies to Improve Job Satisfaction and Self-Efficacy

The purpose of this study was 2-fold: (1) to examine to what extent case managers' job satisfaction and self-efficacy were impacted by the addition of an occupational therapy consultation model and (2) to identify factors that both positively and negatively impacted the occupational therapy consultation services. Primary Practice Setting: The study was conducted at a mental health community support program in a local homeless center. Methodology and Sample: In a 2-year study, a mixed-methods design was used to study changes over time in job satisfaction and perceived self-efficacy among 14 case managers who received ongoing occupational therapy consultation. Job satisfaction and self-efficacy data were obtained using standardized questionnaires. Qualitative data related to factors impacting the consultation program were obtained using open-ended written questions, focus groups, and individual interviews. Results: Statistically significant differences in job satisfaction and perceptions of self-efficacy were found 18 months into the study, when case managers were more actively seeking occupational therapy consultation services and were reporting improved client outcomes from occupational therapy intervention. In addition, themes related to both positive and negative factors impacting the occupational therapy consultation program were identified and provided useful data for development of future consultation services. Implication for Case Management Practice: Results suggest that ongoing training and professional support for case managers who are paraprofessionals and/or new to mental health practice may improve job satisfaction and efficacy. Occupational therapy consultation may be helpful in developing services for health promotion, including self-care management, cognitive assessments, activity-based programming, and home safety evaluation and modification. In addition, new graduates and paraprofessional case managers working with clients who are high utilizers of services may benefit from smaller caseloads and support from clinical professionals.

Source: http://journals.lww.com/professionalcasemanagementjournal/Abstract/2011/03000/Occupational_Therapy_Consultation_for_Case.9.aspx

Dealing With Anxiety Disorders in the Workplace: Importance of Early Intervention When Anxiety Leads to Absence From Work

A report from the Partnership on Workplace Mental Health, a program of the American Psychiatric Foundation, supports the widely held view that intervening early in a psychiatric disability absence will result in earlier return to work and reduce the likelihood of permanent disability. Studies unfortunately reveal that patients with psychiatric illness do not receive a level of care consistent with evidence-based best practice. This article highlights the importance of early interventions that utilize best practices for anxiety disorders that impair an employee's occupational functioning. Primary practice setting: Behavioral Health Consulting Firm. Findings/conclusions: Studies on occupational disability conclude that collaborative communication between clinicians, disability case managers, and the employer is important to facilitate a successful and timely return to work for employees with temporary psychiatric disability. Avoidance of preexisting workplace conflicts can undermine return to work. Undertreatment and ineffective treatment are common causes of delayed recovery from acute anxiety conditions. In addition, lack of urgency among clinicians regarding the crisis nature of absence from work due to psychiatric illness can contribute to lengthy and unnecessary absence from work. Implications for case management practice: A basic understanding of the acute aspects of anxiety disorders can assist disability case managers working in collaboration with treating clinicians and employees in a successful and timely return to work when an anxiety condition leads to absence from work.

Source: http://journals.lww.com/professionalcasemanagementjournal/Abstract/2011/03000/Dealing_With_Anxiety_Disorders_in_the_Workplace_.5.aspx

Low–Socioeconomic Status Workers: Their Health Risks and How to Reach Them

Objective: To help workplace health promotion practitioners reach low–socioeconomic status workers at high risk for chronic diseases. Methods: We describe low–socioeconomic status workers’ diseases, health status, demographics, risk behaviors, and workplaces, using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, and Bureau of Labor Statistics. Results: Workers with household annual incomes less than $35,000, or a high school education or less, report more chronic diseases and lower health status. They tend to be younger, nonwhite, and have much higher levels of smoking and missed cholesterol screening. They are concentrated in the smallest and largest workplaces and in three low-wage industries that employ one-quarter of the population. Conclusions: To decrease chronic diseases among low–socioeconomic status workers, we need to focus workplace health promotion programs on workers in low-wage industries and small workplaces.

Source: http://journals.lww.com/joem/Abstract/2011/02000/Low_Socioeconomic_Status_Workers__Their_Health.5.aspx

Measuring shoulder injury function: Common scales and checklists

The increasing shift towards patient-centred healthcare has lead to an emergence of patient-reported outcome instruments to quantify functional outcomes in orthopaedic patients. Unfortunately, selecting an instrument for use in a shoulder trauma population is often problematic because most shoulder instruments were initially designed for use with chronic shoulder pathology patients. To ensure an instrument is valid, reliable, and sensitive to clinical changes, it is important to obtain psychometric evidence of its use in the target population. Four commonly used shoulder outcome instruments are reviewed in this paper: American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Standardized Shoulder Assessment Form (ASES); Constant–Murley shoulder score (CMS); Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH); Oxford Shoulder Score (OSS). Each instrument was reviewed for floor or ceiling effects, validity, reliability, responsiveness, and interpretability. Additionally, evidence of each instrument's psychometric properties was sought in shoulder fracture populations. Based on the current literature, each instrument has limited amounts of evidence to support their use in shoulder trauma populations. Overall, psychometric evaluations in isolated shoulder fracture populations remain scarce, and clinicians must remember that an instrument's properties are defined for the population tested and not the instrument. Therefore, caution must always be exercised when using an instrument that has not been fully evaluated in trauma populations.

Source: http://www.injuryjournal.com/article/PIIS0020138310007813/abstract?rss=yes

Shoulder functional assessments in persons with chronic neck/shoulder pain and healthy subjects...

Titre complet: Shoulder functional assessments in persons with chronic neck/shoulder pain and healthy subjects: Reliability and effects of movement repetition


Objective: Obtaining reliable functional capacity measures from injured workers is an essential part of the return to work (RTW) process. The present study compares shoulder functional outcomes between healthy individuals and others with neck/shoulder pain, assesses reliability and examines the influence of repetitive movements on shoulder function. Methods: Subjects performed trials of flexion and abduction active range of motion (ROM), and cumulative power output (PO) in a pushing/pulling task on the Baltimore Therapeutic Equipment Simulator II in two consecutive sessions. Tasks were assessed before and after performing a repetitive arm task, during which heart rate (HR) was recorded, until scoring 8 on the Borg CR-10 scale or on a 11-point numeric rating scale (NRS) for pain. Participants: Persons with chronic neck/shoulder pain (intensity ? 3/10 for > 3 months) (n = 16) and an age- and sex-matched control group (n = 16). Results: Functional shoulder measures demonstrated strong inter-session reliability, except PO in the pain group. Average repetitive task duration was shorter in the pain group (4 min vs. 7 min). Conclusions: The protocol detected both pain- and time-related impairments, with HR and PO being sensitive to movement duration and ROM to pain.

Source: http://iospress.metapress.com/content/rn36687nl5068p34/

Job burnout and job wornout as risk factors for long-term sickness absence


Objective: Contingent self-esteem has been assumed to be a risk for burnout-related disorders, and a contingent self-worth notion of job burnout was applied to study the prospective relationship between job burnout and registered episodes of sickness absence of ? 60 consecutive days. Methods: Job burnout was defined as being in the high quartiles on the Maslach Burnout Inventory – General Survey (MBI-GS) scales of exhaustion and cynicism and, in addition, as being above the median on a scale for performance-based self-esteem. Another high exhaustion-cynicism group, a "job wornout" group, was defined as being high on the same MBI-GS scales but having performance-based self-esteem scores below the median. Data were analyzed by a multivariate, logistic regression approach. Participants: 4,109 public employees in Sweden. Results: The job burnout group showed an over-risk of long-term sickness absence incidence, both compared with a low exhaustion-cynicism reference group and with the job wornout group after adjustment for several potential confounders. No association with incidence of long-term sickness absence was found for the job wornout group. Conclusions: The differential vulnerability to long-term sickness absence among high exhaustion-cynicism groups suggests that a self-worth perspective of job burnout can be advantageous for prevention of the costly long-term sickness absences.

Source: http://iospress.metapress.com/content/2477h3536222369q/

The trajectory of chronic pain: Can a community-based exercise/education program soften the ride?

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The entire primary care record of six patients attending a community-based education/exercise self-management program for chronic noncancer pain (YMCA Pain Exercise/Education Program [Y-PEP]) was reviewed. Medical visits, consultations and hospital admissions were coded as related or unrelated to their pain diagnoses. Mood disruption, financial concerns, conflicts with employers/insurers, analgesic doses, medication side effects and major life events were also recorded. The 'chronic pain trajectory' resembled a roller coaster with increased health care visits at the time of initial injuries and during 'crises' (reinjury, conflict with insurers/employers, failed back-to-work attempts and life events). Visits decreased when conflicts were resolved. Analgesic doses increased during 'crises' but did not fall after resolution. After attending Y-PEP, health care use fell for four of six patients and two returned to work. Primary care physicians need to recognize the functional limitations and psychosocial complications experienced by their chronic pain patients. A program such as Y-PEP may promote active self-management strategies resulting in lowered health care use.

Source: http://www.pulsus.com/journals/abstract.jsp?sCurrPg=abstract&jnlKy=7&atlKy=9883&isuKy=956&isArt=t&fromfold=Current Issue

Gender differences in disability after sickness absence with musculoskeletal disorders...

titre complet: Gender differences in disability after sickness absence with musculoskeletal disorders: five-year prospective study of 37,942 women and 26,307 men (article en libre accès)

Gender differences in the prevalence and occupational consequences of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are consistently found in epidemiological studies. The study investigated whether gender differences also exist with respect to chronicity, measured as the rate of transition from sickness absence into permanent disability pension (DP). Methods: Prospective national cohort study in Norway including all cases with a spell of sickness absence > eight weeks during 1997 certified with a MSD, 37,942 women and 26,307 men. The cohort was followed-up for five years with chronicity measured as granting of DP as the endpoint. The effect of gender was estimated in the full sample adjusting for sociodemographic factors and diagnostic distribution. Gender specific analyses were performed with the same explanatory variables. Finally, the gender difference was estimated for nine diagnostic subgroups. Results: The crude rate of DP was 22% for women and 18% for men. After adjusting for all sociodemographic variables, a slightly higher female risk of DP remained. However, additional adjustment for diagnostic distribution removed the gender difference completely. Having children and working full time decreased the DP risk for both genders, whereas low socioeconomic status increased the risk similarly. There was a different age effect as more women obtained a DP below the age of 50. Increased female risk of chronicity remained for myalgia/fibromyalgia, back disorders and "other/unspecified" after relevant adjustments, whereas men with neck disorders were at higher risk of chronicity. Conclusions: Women with MSDs had a moderately increased risk of chronicity compared to men, when including MSDs with a traumatic background. Possible explanations are lower income, a higher proportion belonging to diagnostic subgroups with poor prognosis, and a younger age of chronicity among women. When all sociodemographic and diagnostic variables were adjusted for, no gender difference remained, except for some diagnostic subgroups.

Source: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2474/12/37

Self-reported pain and disability outcomes from an endogenous model of muscular back pain

Background Our purpose was to develop an induced musculoskeletal pain model of acute low back pain and examine the relationship among pain, disability and fear in this model. Methods: Delayed onset muscle soreness was induced in 52 healthy volunteers (23 women, 17 men; average age 22.4years; average BMI 24.3) using fatiguing trunk extension exercise. Measures of pain intensity, unpleasantness, and location, and disability, were tracked for one week after exercise. Results: Pain intensity ranged from 0 to 68 with 57.5% of participants reporting peak pain at 24 hours and 32.5% reporting this at 48 hours. The majority of participants reported pain in the low back with 33% also reporting pain in the legs. The ratio of unpleasantness to intensity indicated that the sensation was considered more unpleasant than intense. Statistical differences were noted in levels of reported disability between participants with and without leg pain. Pain intensity at 24 hours was correlated with pain unpleasantness, pain area and disability. Also, fear of pain was associated with pain intensity and unpleasantness. Disability was predicted by sex, presence of leg pain, and pain intensity; however, the largest amount of variance was explained by pain intensity (27% of a total 40%). The second model, predicting pain intensity only included fear of pain and explained less than 10% of the variance in pain intensity. Conclusions: Our results demonstrate a significant association between pain and disability in this model in young adults. However, the model is most applicable to patients with lower levels of pain and disability. Future work should include older adults to improve the external validity of this model.

Source: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1471-2474/12/35

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