Vocational rehabilitation program for persons with occupational deafness

Eria Ping Ying Li, Wai Ping Cecilia Tsang, Tsor Kui Lee, Gladys Wai Man Lee, Eddie Chi Fung Lam

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Introduction: A pilot return-to-work program based on the concept of work readiness and three-month job placement with support was developed to enable people with occupational deafness to return to the workforce. Methods: A convenient sample of six male persons with occupational deafness completed the program. A Pretest-Posttest Single Group Design was utilized to measure the program outcome. Two instruments: the Chinese version of SF-36 Health Assessment Questionnaire and the Chinese version of Lam's Assessment of Stage of employment readiness were used to measure the participants' health status and their work readiness respectively. Results: The preliminary findings indicated that the six participants showed improvement in their general health and work readiness. The employment outcome indicated that three of the participants had secured a job and another two participants had attained job offers. Conclusion: This pilot study suggested that a systematic vocational rehabilitation program can facilitate persons with occupational deafness to return to the workforce. Further research using a controlled investigation with larger sample size is recommended for evidence-based practice even though the results of this return-to-work program appear promising.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-512
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2006


  • Job placement
  • Occupational deafness
  • Return-to-work program
  • Vocational counseling
  • Work readiness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • General Health Professions
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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