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Return to Work/Work Retention Outcomes of a Functional Restoration Program: A Multi-center, Prospective Study With a Comparison Group

Burke, Scott A., MD*; Harms-Constas, Candice K., OTR; Aden, Patricia S., RPT

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Study Design This was a study of a standardized functional restoration program that included 11 centers in saven states, involving 303 patients in the treatment group and 94 patients in the comparison group.

Objective To illustrative the positive effect a functional restoration program has on return to work rates and work retention regardless of previous surgical intervention.

Summary of Background Data Data were obtained from the initial and discharge evaluations as well as at 6− and 12-month follow-up.

Methods Patients received a standardized work capacity assessment upon entrance and were recommended to the program if they adhered to specific entrance criteria. Treatment patients received the same evaluation at discharge.

Results Significant improvement in functional abilities, actual return to work, and work retention were noted in the treatment group regardless of treatment intervention.

Conclusions This study demonstrated improved return to work rates and work retention with surgical and nonsurgical patients after their participation in a functional restoration program.

†HealthSouth Rehabilitation Corporation, Birmingham, Albama,

*Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado.

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