Background Return to work and work ability are considered major markers of rehabilitation following injury. Prolonged work absence and work disability result in significant personal and social costs, therefore improvements in return to work and work ability will have benefits for injured workers and society. The Prospective Outcomes of Injury Study (POIS) is a cohort study following the outcomes of injured New Zealanders.
Aim This work-related component of the study aims to determine preinjury predictors of return to work and work ability for 2850 New Zealanders recruited into the POIS cohort.
Methods The 2850 participants for this study comprise a sample of individuals aged 18–65 years referred to the national injury compensation scheme (ACC) for an entitlement claim (ie, injury severe enough to warrant 1 week off work or home/transportation assistance) during the period December 2007 to August 2009. Quantitative data are collected by questionnaire at 3, 5, 12 & 24 months after injury.
Results and Conclusion This presentation will discuss results from 3 and 5 month interviews describing the injury outcomes relevant to return to work and return to work ability in the cohort. Of the 2850 participants, 2618 were workforce active. Presentation of analyses examining the impact of preinjury work factors, including psychosocial and physical working conditions and employment conditions on prospective return to work and work ability following injury will be made.
Statistics from Altmetric.com
If you wish to reuse any or all of this article please use the link below which will take you to the Copyright Clearance Center’s RightsLink service. You will be able to get a quick price and instant permission to reuse the content in many different ways.