Occupational health care return-to-work practices for workers with job burnout
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CitationKärkkäinen, Riitta. Saaranen, Terhi. Räsänen, Kimmo. (2019). Occupational health care return-to-work practices for workers with job burnout. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 26 (3) , 194-204. 10.1080/11038128.2018.1441322.
Background: Occupational health care supports return to work in cases of burnout; however, there is little research on return-to-work practices.
Aim: To describe occupational health care return-to-work practices for workers with burnout and to identify potential for the development of the practices.
Methods: Open-ended interviews and essays were used to collect data from 25 occupational health care professionals. A qualitative content analysis method was used.
Results: Occupational health care was involved in the return-to-work support in the off-work, work re-entry and maintenance phases during the return-to-work process. However, occupational health care had no influence in the advancement phase. The key return-to-work actions were: (i) defining burnout, (ii) supporting disengagement from work, (iii) supporting recovery, (iv) determining the return-to-work goal, (v) supporting re-engagement with work, (vi) monitoring the job–person match, (vii) re-evaluating the return-to-work goal, (viii) supporting the maintenance of the achieved return-to-work goal, and, where appropriate, (ix) supporting an alternative return-to-work goal. There were varied return-to-work practices among the occupational health care centers evaluated.
Conclusions: The occupational health care return-to-work practices for workers with burnout are described with recommendations to further develop common practice guidelines.
Subjectsguidelines job burnout occupational health care qualitative study sick leave
Link to the original itemhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11038128.2018.1441322
PublisherInforma UK Limited
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