Characteristics of disability pensioners returning to work: an interview study among individuals with musculoskeletal disorders

Lena Edén, H. Ingemar Andersson, Göran Ejlertsson, Britt Inger Ekström, Yvonne Johansson, Ido Leden

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Abstract

Purpose. To explore adaptation patterns among disability pensioners with musculoskeletal disorders returning to work by means of the Swedish law on 'resting disability pension'. Method. Qualitative analyses of interviews with 17 individuals going back to work. Results. Three adaptation patterns were identified: The Go- getter, the Realist and the Indifferent. These differed regarding influence factors, own expectations, motive, morals and mentality. Conclusion. Several actors may support a return to work for individuals who received a disability pension due to musculoskeletal disorders. In order to succeed, however, it is essential that the disability pensioner is motivated for a reconstruction of his/ her life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1720-1726
Number of pages6
JournalDisability and Rehabilitation
Volume29
Issue number22
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Medical and Health Sciences (3)

Keywords

  • Return to work
  • disability pension
  • musculoskeletal disorders

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