Management of work disability. resources for vocational rehabilitation
Version of Record online: 9 DEC 2005
Copyright © 1993 American College of Rheumatology
Arthritis & Rheumatism
Volume 36, Issue 12, pages 1663–1670, December 1993
How to Cite
Allaire, S. H., Partridge, A. J., Andrews, H. F. and Liang, M. H. (1993), Management of work disability. resources for vocational rehabilitation. Arthritis & Rheumatism, 36: 1663–1670. doi: 10.1002/art.1780361204
- Issue online: 9 DEC 2005
- Version of Record online: 9 DEC 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 MAY 1993
- Manuscript Received: 9 FEB 1993
- NIAMS Multipurpose Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Disease. Grant Numbers: AR-20613, AR-36308
- NIAMS. Grant Number: AR-39921-02
Objective. To review the state–federal vocational rehabilitation (SF-VR) system and its utilization by persons with rheumatic conditions.
Methods. SF-VR system instruction manuals, and literature on rheumatology rehabilitation, work disability, and rehabilitation counseling were reviewed. National and Massachusetts state SF-VR system data on persons with “arthritis and rheumatism” were analyzed.
Results. The SF-VR system is used by a small proportion of persons with rheumatic diseases. Fifty-two percent of clients with arthritis are employed after receiving services.
Conclusion. Although evidence indicates that VR services for persons with rheumatic conditions improves their chances for reemployment, the SF-VR system is underutilized.