Academic Article


  • 2015

Background: In 2010, the Danish Government launched the Danish national return-to-work (RTW) programme to reduce sickness absence and promote labour market attainment. Multidisciplinary teams delivered the RTW programme, which comprised a coordinated, tailored and multidisciplinary effort (CTM) for sickness absence beneficiaries at high risk for exclusion from the labour market. The aim of this article was to evaluate the effectiveness of the RTW programme on self-support. Methods: Beneficiaries from three municipalities (denoted M1, M2 and M3) participated in a randomized controlled trial. We randomly assigned beneficiaries to CTM (M1: n = 598; M2: n = 459; M3: n = 331) or to ordinary sickness absence management (OSM) (M1: n = 393; M2: n = 324; M3: n = 95). We used the Cox proportional hazards model to estimate hazard ratios (HR) comparing rates of becoming self-supporting between beneficiaries receiving CTM and OSM. Results: In M2, beneficiaries from employment receiving CTM became self-supporting faster compared with beneficiaries receiving OSM (HR = 1.32, 95% CI: 1.08–1.61). In M3, beneficiaries receiving CTM became self-supporting slower than beneficiaries receiving OSM (HR = 0.72, 95% CI: 0.54–0.95). In M1, we found no difference between the two groups (HR = 0.99, 95% CI: 0.84–1.17). Conclusion: The...

Nielsen, Maj Britt D; Hansen, Jørgen Vinsløv; Aust, Birgit; Tverborgvik, Torill; Thomsen, Birthe L; Bjorner, Jakob Bue; Mortensen, Ole Steen; Rugulies, Reiner; Winzor, Glen; Ørbæk, Palle; Helverskov, Trine; Kristensen, Nicolai; Poulsen, Otto Melchior
European Journal of Public Health 25(1): 96–102
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