Multidisciplinary Return-to-work Rehabilitation and Return-to Work Follow-up
The large number of people on long-term sick leave is a major public health concern in Norway. The main causes of disability are musculoskeletal and mental disorders. Long-term sick leave causes a decline in individual life-quality, is associated with increased risk for mental disorders and represents a very large cost for the Norwegian society.
The purpose of this study is to determine whether the patients included return to work after rehabilitation at Hysnes Rehabilitation Centre. This includes an investigation of what is considered to be the effect of Return-to-work rehabilitation measured before, during and after the stay at the rehabilitation centre:
The study specifically looks at the effect of structured and standardized return-to-work follow up of the patient, including contact with stakeholders (general practitioner, social security office and workplace).
In addition there is a need to describe the patients participating in the program. The aetiology of complex symptom disorders is poorly understood and the role of genetics and stress is not translatable to a complex symptom population. This complicates the transition from current biological research to a clinical use regarding these patients. If the investigators can assist in understanding how these patients, who are multiusers of health care and have received sickness benefit for a long time, develop their disorders and symptoms, it will be of great importance to the Norwegian community. Therefore the study consists of multimodal measurements of the patients before, during and after a rehabilitation programme at Hysnes Rehabilitation Centre. These measures include genotype, saliva cortisol, medical-, psychological-, physiological diagnostics and work related factors.
Investigate if multidisciplinary treatment based on acceptance and commitment therapy, contributes to normalisation of cortisol release with regards to a standardized stress test.
See wether individual differences regarding the stress profile can predict return to work in patients with complex symptom disorders.
Investigate genetic risk factors in relation to Return to Work rehabilitation and identify treatment moderators in a multidisciplinary rehabilitation program.
|Complex Symptom Disorders||Behavioral: Return-to-work Rehabilitation + Follow up Behavioral: Return-to-work rehabilitation|
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: No masking
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||Multidisciplinary Return-to-work Rehabilitation and Return-to-work Follow-up, a Randomized Study of Patients With Complex Symptom Disorders|
- Return to work [ Time Frame: 1 year after the end of the stay at the rehabilitation center. ]Differences in cumulative days of sick leave, as reported by the government database "FD-Trygd".
- quality of life [ Time Frame: 5 years after the end of the rehabilitation stay ]Quality of life is assessed by 15D, SF8 and function subscale in SF-36
- Functional status [ Time Frame: 5 year after the end of the rehabilitation stay ]Functional status will be measured with elements from the Norwegian Function Assessment Scale (Osteras et al., 2007) and the function subscale of SF-36 (Ware Jr & Sherbourne, 1992)
- level of symptoms (somatic and psychological) [ Time Frame: 5 year after the end of the rehabilitation stay, ]
The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) measure changes in anxiety and depression.
Changes regarding physical and mental fatigue are registered through the Chalder Fatigue Questionnaire.
Changes in participants subjective experience of pain measured by numerical rating scale (NRS)
|Actual Study Start Date:||January 2012|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||September 2018|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Return to work follow-up
Regular contact between the patient and his/her caretaker at the rehabilitation center over a 6 month period, including joint communication between patient, caretaker at the rehabilitation center and stake holders such as social security office, general practitioner and workplace.
Behavioral: Return-to-work Rehabilitation + Follow up
3 1/2 weeks of Return-to-work rehabilitation followed by 6 months of Return-to-work follow-up
Other Name: Acceptance commitment therapy
Active Comparator: Standard follow-up
Standard follow-up of the patient after ended rehabilitation by the return-to-work stakeholders, ie. the general practitioner, social security office and the employer. Limited contact between the caretaker at the rehabilitation center and the patient and stakeholders.
Behavioral: Return-to-work rehabilitation
3 1/2 weeks of Return-to-work rehabilitation followed by standard follow-up
Other Name: Acceptance commitment therapy
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01568970
|Hysnes Helsefort, St Olavs Hospital|
|Principal Investigator:||Petter Borchgrevink||Norwegian University of Science and Technology|