Return to work still possible after several years as a disability pensioner due to musculoskeletal disorders: a population-based study after new legislation in Sweden permitting "resting disability pension"

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

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Abstract

Different strategies have been used to stimulate a return to work (RTW) among individuals suffering from long-term ailments. In Sweden a new law on "resting disability pension" permits disability pensioners to go back to work without jeopardising their benefits. In this study different variables related to RTW during 2000 by means of this legislation were identified among disability pensioners with musculoskeletal disorders. Individuals in the study group, when compared to a control group, had more often been disability pensioners for several years, had additional education, estimated their previous job to have been physically strenuous to a lesser degree, were more satisfied with the treatment at the social insurance office and had a more positive self-image. This study shows that it may be meaningful to continue/resume rehabilitation efforts and to try to motivate an individual suffering from musculoskeletal disorders to return to work even after several years as a disability pensioner.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-155
Number of pages8
JournalWorkA journal of Prevention, Assessment and rehabilitation
Volume26
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2006

Swedish Standard Keywords

  • Social Work (50402)
  • Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology (30302)
  • Social Sciences (5)

Keywords

  • Disability pension
  • musculoskeletal disorders
  • return to work

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