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Abstract

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.