Formulating a return-to-work decision for employees with major depressive disorders : occupational therapists’ experiences

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dc.contributor.author Ramano, Enos M.
dc.contributor.author Buys, Tania
dc.contributor.author De Beer, Marianne
dc.date.accessioned 2016-06-15T05:42:38Z
dc.date.available 2016-06-15T05:42:38Z
dc.date.issued 2016-04-20
dc.description.abstract Background: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is worldwide one of the most concerning health problems as it is associated with reduced work productivity and permanent disability. Occupational therapists are often called upon to make a return-to-work decision on employees with MDD in order to facilitate continued employment. Sustaining employment is in alignment with achieving the Millennium Development Goal 1: Eradicating extreme poverty, as it is known that people suffering from mental health disorders are frequently denied employment opportunities leading to reduced financial resources and therefore possible poverty. Aim: This study described occupational therapists’ experiences of formulating a return-towork decision on employees with MDD. It formed part of a larger study. Setting: Occupational therapists working in vocational rehabilitation or mental health in South Africa with a postgraduate qualification in vocational rehabilitation or mental health participated in the study. Method: A qualitative research design was used. Two separate focus groups explored 11 occupational therapists’ experiences of formulating a return-to-work decision on employees with MDD. Ethics clearance number: S34/2007. Results: Seven themes emerged, which were, (1) the biographical profile of the employee, (2) point of view of employer, (3) point of view of employee, (4) point of view of occupational therapist, (5) declaring the employee as temporary incapacitated, (6) declaring the employee as permanently incapacitated and (7) employee’s level of motivation. Conclusion: Occupational therapists ought to have sound knowledge, skill, experience and the ability to collaborate with employees and employers in formulating a return-to-work decision. en_ZA
dc.description.department Occupational Therapy en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2016 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.phcfm.org en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Ramano E, Buys T, De Beer M. Formulating a return-towork decision for employees with major depressive disorders: occupational therapists’ experiences. Afr J Prm Health Care Fam Med. 2016;8(2), a954. http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.4102/phcfm.v8i2.954 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2071-2928 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2071-2936 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/phcfm.v8i2.954
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/53220
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Occupational therapists en_ZA
dc.subject Employee en_ZA
dc.subject South Africa (SA) en_ZA
dc.subject Major depressive disorder (MDD) en_ZA
dc.subject Reduced work productivity en_ZA
dc.subject Permanent disability en_ZA
dc.subject Return-to-work decision en_ZA
dc.title Formulating a return-to-work decision for employees with major depressive disorders : occupational therapists’ experiences en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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