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Table 2 Brief overview of the WMR program

From: Effectiveness of work-related medical rehabilitation in cancer patients: study protocol of a cluster-randomized multicenter trial

Module Time Setting Professions Content
Additional work-related diagnostics During admission to rehabilitation
Total: at least 60 minutes
Medical assessment: 15 minutes
Psychological assessment: 15 minutes
Test of functional capacity and performance: 30 minutes
Personal interaction with the patient Physician
Psychologist, psychotherapist
Occupational therapist, physiotherapist
Assessment of work functioning and its restrictions related to body functions and structures as well as activities and participation
Assessment of environmental and personal factors that impact work functioning positively as resources and skills or negatively as barriers
Use of structured patient interviews and/or standardized assessment instruments as well as standardized tests of functional capacity evaluation, structured observations of non-standardized job tasks
Multi-professional team meetings After admission
During the course of rehabilitation
Before discharge
N/A All professions associated with the WMR program Individual case conference for each patient
After admission: results of the work-related diagnostics, joint development of a treatment plan
During the course of rehabilitation: development of the patient, adjustment of the treatment plan if needed
Before discharge: evaluation of rehabilitation outcomes, return-to-work prognosis, additional measures to support return to work if needed
Introductory session After admission Presentation in front of all WMR patients Physician Description of the aims of WMR, explanation of the program structure and each module, introduction of the rehabilitation team
Inform, motivate and prepare the patient for the subsequent program
Establish treatment collaboration
Work-related functional capacity training At least 360 minutes Training in small groups or personal training Occupational therapist, physiotherapist Complex and multidimensional tasks to simulate realistic work-related demands and situations
Integrated ergonomic and cognitive training
Work-related psychological groups At least 240 minutes Seminars with small groups Psychologist, psychotherapist Seminars focusing on work-related stress and coping, work-related social competencies in communication, and planning the concrete return to work
Intensified social counseling At least 90 minutes:
60 minutes seminars
30 minutes personal counseling
Seminars with small groups or personal counseling Social worker Clarification of the problematic work-related situations and perspectives, information and consultation on social law-related topics as well as measures and benefits to support return to work, establish contact with employer and request further measures and benefits from the social or health services agencies if needed