Table 4

Structure of the PE program

Step

Content

Who are involved?


1.

Organisation and preparation

Check if insurance physician and labour expert have been informed about program and agree with it

RTW coordinator

Check if combined consult with insurance physician and labour expert is planned

RTW coordinator

Check who is case manager of vocational rehabilitation agency for placement in temporary (therapeutic) work

RTW coordinator

Plan appointments for conversations

RTW coordinator, worker and labour expert


2.

Inventory of obstacles and experienced limitations regarding RTW

Interviews about work tasks, obstacles and experienced limitations for RTW

RTW coordinator has separate interviews with worker and labour expert

Prioritize obstacles and limitations for return-to-work

RTW coordinator, worker and labour expert


3.

Inventory of (therapeutic) work possibilities (thinking of and choosing solutions

Thinking of and collecting solutions for suitable (therapeutic) work (places)

RTW coordinator, worker and labour expert

Prioritizing solutions

RTW coordinator, worker and labour expert


4.

Preparation of matching (temporary) work(place) and reporting

Make plan for implementation of solutions i.e. placement in matching (therapeutic) work

RTW coordinator, worker and labour expert

Stimulate own initiative of worker. While waiting on placement by agency, worker can also search for a suitable workplace

RTW coordinator, worker and labour expert

Contact with vocational rehabilitation agency for intake

RTW coordinator, worker and case-manager of vocational rehabilitation agency

Intake with vocational rehabilitation agency

Case-manager of vocational rehabilitation agency and worker If desired also RTW coordinator


5.

Placement in matching (therapeutic) work and support

Placement in matching (therapeutic) workplace

Case-manager of vocational rehabilitation agency, worker and employer

If necessary, information and instruction at new workplace

Case-manager of agency, worker and employer


6.

Evaluation/control

Evaluation by phone: has placement in matching (therapeutic) work been realised? Satisfaction with placement in (therapeutic) work? Are adjustments necessary?

RTW coordinator has separate evaluations with worker and labour expert

If placement has not yet been realised: stimulate own initiative of worker to find a suitable work(place)

Case-manager of rehabilitation agency also evaluates separate with worker and provides feedback to RTW coordinator


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

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