A1 Journal article – refereed

Associations between rehabilitants' functional limitations and conclusions made by a multidisciplinary team during vocational rehabilitation evaluation: Turku ICF Study

List of Authors: Saltychev Mikhail, Kinnunen Aila, Laimi Katri

Publication year: 2013

Journal: Open Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation

Number in series: 2

Volume number: 1

Issue number: 2

Number of pages: 4

ISSN: 2332-1822

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojtr.2013.12007


Purpose: To investigate associations between functional limitations experienced by rehabili- tants and multidisciplinary team’s recommenda- tions during vocational rehabilitation evaluation. Methods: The descriptions of functional limita- tions were retrospectively identified for 32 pa- tients with chronic musculoskeletal disorders. Vocational rehabilitation evaluation was con- ducted by a multidisciplinary team in an out- patient clinic of a university hospital. The de- scriptions were converted to ICF second-level categories. Square contingency coefficient Phi (φ) was calculated to describe the associations between ICF-categories appearing 10 times in the study sample and the recommendations given by a professional team. Results: In the study sample, 84 different ICF second-level cate- gories were identified (average 18 codes/subject, range 9 - 25). Of them, 18 categories were ob- served for at least in 10 rehabilitants. Three sta- tistically significant correlations were observed between these 18 categories and recommenda- tions given by a rehabilitation team. Of them, positive association of moderate strength was found between joint mobility and muscle power functions and recommendation for retirement. Difficulties in walking showed weak negative correlation with recommendation for vocational rehabilitation. Conclusions: During vocational rehabilitation evaluation, the final recommenda- tions given by rehabilitation professionals were only weakly correlated with functional limita- tions experienced by rehabilitants.

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