Return to work after a workplace-oriented intervention for patients on sick-leave for burnout: a prospective controlled study

Björn Karlson, Peter Jönsson, Birgitta Pålsson, Gunnel Abjörnsson, Birgitta Malmberg, Britt Larsson, Kai Osterberg

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: In the present study the effect of a workplace-oriented intervention for persons on long-term sick leave for clinical burnout, aimed at facilitating return to work (RTW) by job-person match through patient-supervisor communication, was evaluated. We hypothesised that the intervention group would show a more successful RTW than a control group.

METHODS: In a prospective controlled study, subjects were identified by the regional social insurance office 2-6 months after the first day on sick leave. The intervention group (n = 74) was compared to a control group who had declined participation, being matched by length of sick leave (n = 74). The RTW was followed up, using sick-listing register data, until 1.5 years after the time of intervention.

RESULTS: There was a linear increase of RTW in the intervention group during the 1.5-year follow-up period, and 89% of subjects had returned to work to some extent at the end of the follow-up period. The increase in RTW in the control group came to a halt after six months, and only 73% had returned to work to some extent at the end of the 1.5-year follow-up.

CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that the present study demonstrated an improvement of long-term RTW after a workplace-oriented intervention for patients on long-term sick leave due to burnout.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: Current Controlled Trials NCT01039168.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBMC Public Health
Volume10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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  • Psychology (501)
  • Nursing (30305)

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