Work Rehabilitation in Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Conditions

Work Rehabilitation in Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Conditions

At the MSKHUB we have  wealth of research experience on work rehabilitation in rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions. We have conducted the Work in Inflammatory Arthritis (WORK-IA) Pilot Randomised Clinical Trial in 2014, resulting in following publications and conference presentations:

  1. Hammond A, O’Brien R, Woodbridge S, Bradshaw L, Prior Y, Radford K, Culley J, Whitham D, Pilikottil- Jacob, R. (2017) Job retention vocational rehabilitation for employed people with inflammatory arthritis (WORK-IA): a feasibility randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskeletal Conditions. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12891-017-1671-5 Available on https://bmcmusculoskeletdisord.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12891-017-1671-5
  2. Prior Y, Amanna A, Bodell S, Hammond A (2016) A qualitative evaluation of occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with inflammatory arthritis: Patients’ views. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1-10. DOI: 10.1177/0308022616672666
  3. Prior Y, Amanna A, Bodell S, Hammond A (2015) A qualitative evaluation of an occupational therapy-led work rehabilitation for people with inflammatory arthritis: perspectives of the therapists and their line managers. British Journal of Occupational Therapy. August 2015 vol. 78 no. 8 465-466 doi: 10.1177/0308022615599175

Our current projects in this field are:

  1. Work in Osteoarthritis Project: Funded by the Arthritis Research UK MRC Centre for Musculoskeletal Health and Work (CMHW) this project involves a) systematic review of work problems experienced by employed people with Osteoarthritis and b) investigation of barriers and facilitators to work participation in employed people with OA through qualitative interviews.
  2. Cross-Cultural Adaptation and Psychometric Testing of Work Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMs) in People with Rheumatoid Arthritis in the UK, Sweden and Czech Republic; and in Osteoarthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis or Fibromyalgia in the UK: This multi-national study into Work PROMs is funded by the EULAR Health Professionals Research Grant and aims to cross-culturally adapt well known measures such as (i) The Work Activities Limitations Scale [WALS] (ii) The Work Transition Index [WTI] (iii) The Arthritis Work Spillover Scale [AWSS] (iv) The Perceived Workplace Support Scale [PWSS] (v) The Chronic Illness Job Strain Scale [CIJSS] (vi) The Workplace Accommodations, Benefits, Policies and Practices Scale [WABBPS] and (vii) Work-Health-Personal Life Perception Scale [WHPLPS]. This is necessary before they can be used in clinical practice and research, as cultural, language, socio-economic and social security benefit differences mean these Canadian work measures need adapting before being used with British, Swedish and Czech populations.

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