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Understanding return to work behaviours: Promoting the importance of individual perceptions in the study of return to work.
Disability and Rehabilitation (2002)
  • Lynn Shaw, Dr., The University of Western Ontario
  • R. Segal
  • K. Harburn
  • H. Polatakjo
Abstract

Purpose : The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate and discuss how individuals' subjective perceptions of personal and environmental issues influence return to work behaviour. Method : A qualitative design utilizing in-depth interviews and maximum variation sampling of 11 individuals who either returned to work or withdrew from work after a health leave was conducted. Experiences elicited were analysed using the constant comparative method followed by a member check with participants to confirm findings and interpretations. Results : Findings underscored the importance of two key constructs in understanding return to work from the individual's perspective: the personal meaning of disability and return to work relevancy. Throughout the experience of getting better and returning to work participants reflected upon the impact of personal and external factors that contributed to their work disability, sought clarity of their performance capacities and examined the importance of work and the consequences of work disability within their life circumstances. Conclusions : Insights into an individual's perceptions of their impairment and the personal relevance of work can promote a better understanding of return to work behaviour. Integrating individual perceptions is essential to advancing a multidimensional approach in return to work research. Read More: http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09638280110066299

Publication Date
2002
Citation Information
Lynn Shaw, R. Segal, K. Harburn and H. Polatakjo. "Understanding return to work behaviours: Promoting the importance of individual perceptions in the study of return to work." Disability and Rehabilitation Vol. 24 Iss. 4 (2002)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/drlynn/24/