Experiences within the process of sick leave.
2006 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, Vol. 13, no 3, 170-182 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to explore what individuals who have been on sick leave experienced as important in the process of returning to work, moving to long-term sick leave, or receiving a disability pension. Grounded Theory was used for interpreting interviews with 15 people who had been on sick leave four years previously. In the results four ideal types were crystallized which are presented in the form of vignettes. The ideal types were discussed focusing on occupational life using the Model of Human Occupation and the theories of Sense of Coherence and Status Passage. The study provided a deeper understanding of people's experiences during the process of their sick leave. Valuable predictors for re-entry into work or disability retirement were: individual mental resources; clear or unclear diagnosis; how long had been spent in the sick-leave process; and personal belief in an ability to work in the future. The interventions and support given by professionals and the social environment, the balance and sense of coherence in life, and participation in the sick leave process were also important. The idealtypes found could be helpful to professionals working in this field in deepening their understanding of the clients.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 13, no 3, 170-182 p.
Disabled Persons/*psychology/rehabilitation, Female, Humans, Interviews, Male, Models; Psychological, Occupational Therapy/psychology, Sick Leave, Sweden, Unemployment/*psychology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-14129DOI: 10.1080/11038120500363634PubMedID: 17042465OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-14129DiVA: diva2:153800