Journal article

Collaborative case management to aid return to work after long-term sickness absence: a pilot randomised controlled trial

Cassandra Kenning, Karina Lovell, Mark Hann, Raymond Agius, Penny E Bee, Carolyn Chew-Graham, Peter A Coventry, Christina M van der Feltz-Cornelis, Simon Gilbody, Gillian Hardy, Stephen Kellett, David Kessler, Dean McMillan, David Reeves, Joanne Rick, Matthew Sutton, Peter Bower

Public Health Research | National Institute for Health Research

Abstract

BackgroundDespite high levels of employment among working-age adults in the UK, there is still a significant minority who are off work with ill health at any one time (so-called ‘sickness absence’). Long-term sickness absence results in significant costs to the individual, to the employer and to wider society.ObjectiveThe overall objective of the intervention was to improve employee well-being with a view to aiding return to work. To meet this aim, a collaborative case management intervention was adapted to the needs of UK employees who were entering or experiencing long-term sickness absence.DesignA pilot randomised controlled trial, using permuted block randomisation. Recruitment of patien..

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