Conceptualizing early intervention vocational services within inpatient spinal rehabilitation. Start Date: January 2021

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Remaining Healthy

Engaging Rehabilitation

Maximising Participation

Creating and enabling society

Overview

Return to work following acquired neurological disability such as stroke or spinal cord impairment (SCI), is linked to increased well-being, quality of life and better health outcomes. There is evidence supporting early vocational intervention for people with a new health condition or disability. A larger study being conducted by BAIL to explore Early Vocational Services EVocS exploring how to best support people to return to work after a new injury or health condition, has gathered information from people providing the vocational support, and from people who have received support. However it is not clear how vocational support is conceptualized within the inpatient rehabilitation team.

This study aims to:

1) Provide an understanding of how early intervention vocational rehabilitation is conceptualized and incorporated into inpatient rehabilitation processes. 2) To input into the larger EVocS study developing an implementation plan for an early intervention vocational rehabilitation service to be trialed in services providing inpatient rehabilitation to people after stroke.

Key Outcome: An implementation plan is developed for an early intervention vocational rehabilitation service for people with stroke in New Zealand.

This study is funded by the Health Research Council.

Method

This study will take place over one year (2021) and will:

– Gain a better understanding of how early intervention vocational services work for people with SCI by:

  • Observing components of early vocational rehabilitation for four people who have had a SCI and are on Burwood Spinal Unit over a 3-4 month period
  • Interviewing people receiving or contributing to early vocational rehabilitation for these four selected people
  • Considering this data in relation to the developing framework from the greater EVocS study

– Explore how to transfer the programme to a stroke population by:

  • Contributing to the implementation plan emerging from the greater EVocS study

Status of Research

  • Ethics and planning complete
  • Literature review underway
  • Interviews with people with SCI  completed  – Analysis underway
  • Survey planning underway

Outputs

Key Contact

Emily Timothy,
Burwood Academy of Independent Living
Phone:  +64 3 383 6871
Email: emily.timothy@burwood.org.nz

Researchers and Collaborators

Dr Jennifer Dunn (Principal Investigator)
University of Otago Christchurch

Dr Jo Nunnerley,
University of Otago Christchurch

Dr Rachelle Martin,
Burwood Academy of Independent Living

Dr John Bourke
Burwood Academy of Indpendent Living

Dr Jonathan Hackney
Burwood Academy of Indpendent Living

Assoc. Prof. Debbie Snell
University of Otago Christchurch

Prof. Sarah Derrett
University of Otago Dunedin

Timothy Young
Burwood Academy of Indpendent Living

Andrew Hall
New Zealand Spinal Trust