This study used an Intervention Mapping approach (a six-step protocol that guides the design of complex interventions) based on an action research methodology. Focus group data, in addition to best evidence from systematic reviews, practice guidelines and key articles were combined with theoretical models for changing behaviour and clinician experience. This was then systematically operationalised into an intervention process using consensus among clinicians. The process was further refined through piloting and feedback from key stakeholders, and group consensus on the final process.
A detailed five phase return to work intervention process for inpatient rehabilitation was developed. The key features of the process include; having one key allied health clinician to coordinate the process, choosing assessments based on pre-injury work demands, emphasising the importance of core work skills and considering the most appropriate service for referral at the conclusion of rehabilitation.
We used a systematic approach, guided by the intervention mapping approach and behaviour change theory to tailor existing workfocused interventions to the inpatient setting.
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