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Return to Work After a Workplace-oriented Intervention for Patients on Sick Leave Due to Burnout (ADA model)

This study has been completed.
Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research
Lund University
County Councils of Southern Sweden
Information provided by:
Region Skane Identifier:
First received: December 22, 2009
Last updated: NA
Last verified: December 2009
History: No changes posted
The study aims to evaluate the effect on return to work of a workplace intervention with patients being treated for burnout. The intervention intends to reduce job-person mismatch through patient-supervisor communication.The hypothesis is that the intervention group will show a more favourable outcome than a control group with respect to return to work.

Condition Intervention
Professional Burnout
Behavioral: Workplace dialogue
Other: Care as usual

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Reduction of Person-job Mismatch to Increase Work Capacity, by Education of, and Dialogue Between Involved Parties - Evaluation of an Intervention Program

Further study details as provided by Region Skane:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Return to work from sick leave [ Time Frame: Up to 1,5 years post intervention completion ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Self-rated health measures (only in the intervention group) [ Time Frame: Up to 1,5 years post intervention completion ]

Enrollment: 76
Study Start Date: November 2003
Study Completion Date: September 2009
Primary Completion Date: September 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Workplace dialogue
Clinical examination and dialogue with supervisor to find solutions to reduce job-person mismatch and facilitate return to work
Behavioral: Workplace dialogue
Sham Comparator: Care as usual
No intervention besides of the care as usual being available for the patient
Other: Care as usual

Detailed Description:
Participants are consecutively recruited in co-operation with regional social insurance offices (RSIOs) in the two southern counties of Sweden. Persons accepting participation are clinically examined and interviewed of the course of events leading up to the burnout and the patient's expectations of changes necessary to facilitate return to work are recorded. The patient´s supervisor is then interviewed at the workplace, responding to the same questions on perceived main causes of the subordinate's sick leave and changes necessary to facilitate return to work. Finally, the core intervention takes place, namely a dialogue being initiated between the patient and the supervisor to find solutions to facilitate return to work. Out of those who do not want to participate, without giving any specific reason for that, a control group is matched by length and degree of sick leave at the time of the intervention.

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • employment
  • sick leave at lest half time 2-6 months due to work related burnout
  • previously healthy

Exclusion Criteria:

  • other somatic or psychiatric disease explaining the symptoms
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01039168

Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University Hospital
Lund, Sweden, 22185
Sponsors and Collaborators
Region Skane
Swedish Council for Working Life and Social Research
Lund University
County Councils of Southern Sweden
Principal Investigator: Björn Karlson, PhD Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University Hospital and Lund University
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Björn Karlson, Associate professor, PI, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Lund University Hospital and Lund University Identifier: NCT01039168     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FAS 2003-0765
Study First Received: December 22, 2009
Last Updated: December 22, 2009

Keywords provided by Region Skane:
Sick leave
Intervention study
Prospective study

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Burnout, Professional
Occupational Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017