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Table 1 Steps of the workplace intervention protocol

From: An intervention program with the aim to improve and maintain work productivity for workers with rheumatoid arthritis: design of a randomized controlled trial and cost-effectiveness study

Step Workplace intervention protocol
1 Within 2 weeks after the patient visits the care manager, the OT makes an appointment by telephone with the patient and the patient’s supervisor for the first visit of the workplace intervention protocol.
2 First visit consists of:
1. Patient’s workplace observation and inventory and ranking of patient’s tasks and obstacles for functioning at work by the patient.
2. Inventory and ranking patient’s tasks and obstacles for functioning at work by the patient’s supervisor.
3. Patient, patient’s supervisor and OT brainstorm and discuss solutions to clear the obstacles for functioning at work.
3 Within two days after the OT has visited the workplace, the OT reports about all solutions and actions in a report to the patient, the patient’s supervisor, and the care manager.
4 An optional worksite visit to give additional instructions or training to the patient will take place if necessary. The moment of instruction depends on whether adjustments on the worksite have to be made first.
5 Four weeks after the first visit, an evaluation will take place by telephone between the patient and OT concerning the implementation of solutions agreed upon. If necessary, a stakeholder has to be found for further support of improvements.
6 Within two days after the telephone evaluation, a final report is sent to the care manager to report the progress of the protocol.
  1. OT, occupational therapist.