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A bridge over troubled water? A qualitative study of primary care patients' experiences of a rehabilitation program

Journal article
Authors Ingmarie Skoglund
Eva-Lisa Petersson
Dominique Hange
Published in Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Volume 11
Pages 457-466
ISSN 1178-2390
Publication year 2018
Published at Institute of Medicine, School of Public Health and Community Medicine
Pages 457-466
Language en
Keywords coordination, health centers, mental health, sick leave, rehabilitation coordinator, sickness absence, work, health, disorders, return, shame, Health Care Sciences & Services
Subject categories Nursing


Purpose: The aim of this study was to explore how patients on sick leave experienced and perceived the early collaboration work model (ECM) for rehabilitation. Patients and methods: Data were collected via focus group discussions and individual interviews with 15 patients on sick leave, at nine primary health care centers. The systematic text condensation method described by Malterud was used for thematic analysis of meaning and content of data across cases. Results: The participants perceived that sharing experiences with others in a similar situation was restorative. They described the importance of coordination in the program as well as the efforts of the rehabilitation coordinator, who helped with daily structure and support in the beginning as well as encouragement throughout the sick leave period. Some participants felt ashamed of being on sick leave and of being outside the community. Conclusion: ECM with a rehabilitation coordinator who could share responsibility with the patient during the entire sick leave period was perceived to be of support during rehabilitation.

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