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Comparison of two measures of work functioning in a population of claimants with physical and psychological injuries

Chambers, A., Smith, P. M., Sim, M. R. and LaMontagne, A. D. 2017, Comparison of two measures of work functioning in a population of claimants with physical and psychological injuries, Quality and quantity: international journal of methodology, vol. 51, no. 1, pp. 425-434, doi: 10.1007/s11135-016-0313-6.

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Title Comparison of two measures of work functioning in a population of claimants with physical and psychological injuries
Author(s) Chambers, A.
Smith, P. M.
Sim, M. R.
LaMontagne, A. D.ORCID iD for LaMontagne, A. D. orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Journal name Quality and quantity: international journal of methodology
Volume number 51
Issue number 1
Start page 425
End page 434
Total pages 10
Publisher Springer
Place of publication Dodrecht, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-01
ISSN 1573-7845
Keyword(s) work functioning
return to work
WLQ
LEAPS
measurement
psychological injury
Summary Research has focused on advancing our understanding of strategies to improve return to work outcomes following a physical injury. There has been limited research on the different types of supports needed for workers returning to work following a psychological injury. Developing a better understanding of work limitations when people are back at work is a key step in the development of strategies in this area. Unfortunately, measurement tools have been established separately by injury type, limiting research opportunities to compare differences in work limitations. In this article, we compare two measures of work functioning in a population of claimants that have returned to work following a musculoskeletal or psychological injury: a modified version of the Work Limitations Questionnaire (WLQ) developed for workers with physical injuries and the Lam Employed Absence Productivity Scale (LEAPS) developed for workers with mental health claims. A telephone questionnaire was administered to 214 claimants who returned to work following a claim for a psychological injury or a musculoskeletal injury. While the modified WLQ detected differences in work limitations by injury type, there were no significant differences in levels of work functioning detected by the LEAPS. The comparison demonstrated the value of including questions about work limitations that go beyond mental and interpersonal demands for claimants with psychological injuries; however, there is also a need to limit questions about physical constraints. A modified version of the WLQ is recommended to further our understandings of the similarities and differences in the experiences of workers with psychological versus physical injuries.
Language eng
DOI 10.1007/s11135-016-0313-6
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
0104 Statistics
1608 Sociology
1701 Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30084641

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: Population Health
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