Physicians' Perspectives on Person-Related Factors Associated With Work Participation and Methods Used to Obtain Information About These Factors.
OBJECTIVEPerson-related factors influencing work participation of employees with health problems are important. However, the best method to obtain information about them, according to occupational physicians (OPs) and insurance physicians (IPs), is unknown.
METHODSQuestionnaires in which OPs and IPs rated the importance of and described methods to obtain information about 10 person-related factors: expectations regarding recovery or return to work, optimism/pessimism, self-efficacy, motivation, feelings of control, perceived health, coping strategies, fear-avoidance beliefs, perceived work-relatedness, and catastrophizing.
RESULTSOPs and IPs perceived all person-related factors, except for optimism/pessimism and perceived health as important for work participation. Information about the factors could best be obtained with use of a topic list during consultations.
CONCLUSIONSOPs and IPs should take person-related factors into account during consultations and it is best to use a topic list when discussing them.
Amsterdam UMC, University of Amsterdam, Department: Coronel Institute of Occupational Health, Amsterdam Public Health research institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Dr de Wit, Dr Wind, Dr Sluiter, Dr Hulshof, and Dr Frings-Dresen); University Medical Center Groningen, University of Groningen, Department of Health Sciences, Community and Occupational Medicine, Groningen, The Netherlands (Ms Snippen)., , , ,
Pub Type(s)Journal Article