Table 3

Theoretical methods and practical strategies


Methods from theory



Risk perception and knowledge

Passive learning/providing information

Providing written and verbal information

Letter sent to W about research

IP explains about personal risk of occupational disability and ending in long term sickness benefit scheme

Researcher explains participatory RTW program in phone call and sends invitation with folder, IP also explains in first consult.

RC explains participatory RTW process to W and guides the RTW program

Active processing of information

Evaluating understanding

IP instructs inventory of RTW obstacles to W as home assignment

Inventory of RTW obstacles in RTW intervention program


Guided practise

Guided practise

W practises explanation of obstacles to LE with RC

Practise thinking in broad outline during brainstorm session with RC RC provides post-it notes to stimulate thinking of multiple solutions


RC checks at the end of the brainstorm session with W if the appointments in the RTW implementation plan are realizable


Positive reinforcement

Providing feedback

SIP and RC focus on personal abilities and capacities of W regarding RTW


RC performs an evaluation with W by phone

Matrix of selected theoretical methods and practical strategies for the determinants risk perception and knowledge, skills, and self-efficacy, identified for the PE program. W = temporary agency worker or unemployed worker, IP = insurance physician, LE = labour expert, RC = RTW-coordinator

Vermeulen et al. BMC Public Health 2009 9:216   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-9-216

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