Barriers to occupational rehabilitation

An exploratory study of long-term injured workers

D. Kenny*

*Corresponding author for this work

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The aim of this exploratory study was to identify process variables which impact on the return to work and rehabilitation of workers who have sustained workplace injuries or illnesses. Using a specially constructed in-depth semi-structured interview protocol, 12 long-term (greater than 26 weeks time lost from work) injured workers were interviewed in their homes regarding their post-injury experiences with key stakeholders (employers, co-workers, rehabilitation coordinators, rehabilitation providers and insurers) in the return to work and rehabilitation process. The results indicated that prescribed practices for managing workplace injuries were not being followed by some employers, and that workers were experiencing early alienation from the workplace. It was concluded that further education of employers and able-bodied workers regarding the aims of rehabilitation and the provision of suitable duties was required.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)249-256
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • Long-term injured worker
  • Occupational rehabilitation
  • Return to work

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