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Coordination and Perceived Support for Return to Work: A Cross-Sectional Study among Patients in Swedish Healthcare

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Division of Insurance Medicine, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, SE-171 77 Stockholm, Sweden
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Department of Public Health and Caring Sciences, Uppsala University, SE-751 22 Uppsala, Sweden
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Division of Social Work, Department of Social Sciences, Södertörn University, SE-141 89 Huddinge, Sweden
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Department of Social Work in Health, Karolinska University Hospital, SE-171 76 Stockholm, Sweden
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19(7), 4040; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074040
Received: 18 February 2022 / Revised: 21 March 2022 / Accepted: 26 March 2022 / Published: 29 March 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Primary Healthcare and Work-Related Mental Ill Health)
Background: Receiving support from a return-to-work (RTW) coordinator (RTWC) may be beneficial for people on long-term sick leave. The aim of this study was to investigate whether the number of contacts with an RTWC and their involvement in designing rehabilitation plans for the patients were associated with perceiving support for RTW, emotional response to the RTWC, and healthcare utilization. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, 274 patients who had recently been in contact with an RTWC in Swedish primary or psychiatric care answered questions regarding their interaction with an RTWC, perceived support for RTW, and emotional response to the RTWC. Results: Having more contact with an RTWC was associated with perceiving more support in the RTW process (adjusted OR 4.14, 95% CI 1.49–11.47). RTWC involvement in designing a rehabilitation plan for the patient was associated with perceiving more support in the RTW process from an RTWC and having a more positive emotional response to the RTWC. Conclusions: From the patient’s perspective, this study indicates that the involvement of an RTWC and receiving a rehabilitation plan that an RTWC has helped to design might be perceived as important in the RTW process. View Full-Text
Keywords: sick leave; return to work (RTW); vocational rehabilitation; RTW coordination (RTWC); experienced quality in healthcare; support; emotion; healthcare utilization sick leave; return to work (RTW); vocational rehabilitation; RTW coordination (RTWC); experienced quality in healthcare; support; emotion; healthcare utilization
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Berglund, E.; Friberg, E.; Engblom, M.; Andersén, Å.; Svärd, V. Coordination and Perceived Support for Return to Work: A Cross-Sectional Study among Patients in Swedish Healthcare. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2022, 19, 4040. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074040

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Berglund E, Friberg E, Engblom M, Andersén Å, Svärd V. Coordination and Perceived Support for Return to Work: A Cross-Sectional Study among Patients in Swedish Healthcare. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2022; 19(7):4040. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074040

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Berglund, Erik, Emilie Friberg, Monika Engblom, Åsa Andersén, and Veronica Svärd. 2022. "Coordination and Perceived Support for Return to Work: A Cross-Sectional Study among Patients in Swedish Healthcare" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 19, no. 7: 4040. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph19074040

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