Journal article

A Qualitative Exploration of Return to Work in the First 3-Years After Serious Injury

Sandra Braaf, Alex Collie, Shanthi Ameratunga, James Harrison, Warwick Teague, Peter Cameron, Nicola Christie, Belinda Gabbe



OBJECTIVE: To explore how people with serious injuries returned to paid employment in the first 3-years after injury. METHODS: Fifty-four adult survivors of serious injuries were interviewed at 3-years post-injury, all of whom had returned to work and were currently employed. A framework analysis approach was undertaken. RESULTS: Participant decisions and actions taken to return to work (RTW) were influenced by their resilience, approach to adjusting goals, priorities and plans, and how social connections and relationships were used and maintained. The environment in which these decisions and actions were taken shaped opportunities for work in meaningful, appropriate, and sustained employmen..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by NHMRC

Awarded by Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee

Funding Acknowledgements

The RESTORE (REcovery after Serious Trauma-Outcomes, Resource use and patient Experiences) project was funded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia (GNT1061786). The Victorian State Trauma Registry is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Transport Accident Commission. Belinda Gabbe was supported by a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (FT170100048) and Peter Cameron by a NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship (ID1139686).Institution and Ethics approval and informed consent: All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee (The Monash University Human Research Ethics Committee- project number CF14/9152014000365, and participating hospitals approved the project).