Predictors of long-term return-to-work at five-year follow-up for mild-to-moderate subacute stroke patients enrolled in an early supported discharge program

Sock Hong Teo, Kenneth N.K. Fong (Corresponding Author), Zhenzhen Chen, Raymond C.K. Chung

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Facilitating return-to-work (RTW) for working-age stroke survivors is a key component of stroke rehabilitation, however, research investigating the long-term outcomes of working-age stroke survivors is lacking. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the factors that influence long-term RTW for patients enrolled on a community-based early supported discharge (ESD) rehabilitation program in Singapore about five years post stroke. METHODS: Sixty-nine patients, aged between 18 and 60 years and were employed at the time of their hospitalization, were enrolled into the ESD program between 2012 and 2014. A prospective cohort design was adopted to examine the relationships between the factors- demographic, functional, personal, psychosocial factors and work related- and RTW at five-year follow-up. Details of RTW were collected through questionnaires via telephone follow-up. RESULTS: Sixty percent of the participants (n = 49) were selected for Cox and logistic regression analyses of RTW at five-year follow-up. The results indicated that having social problems is a negative predictor of RTW (OR 0.02; 95% CI 0.00-0.22) while being the breadwinner is a positive predictor of RTW (OR 13.79; 95% CI 2.46-77.52). The same factors were also significant in the time to RTW event at five-year follow-up, with a hazard ratio of 0.09 and 4.07, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Early identification of the characteristics of stroke patients enrolled into an ESD program who have the potential to RTW would make interventions more targeted, increasing the likelihood of RTW.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1001-1010
Number of pages10
JournalWork (Reading, Mass.)
Volume73
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • rehabilitation
  • Return-to-work
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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