Sustainable employment following spinal cord or traumatic brain injuries

Within the framework of this project financed by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), we analyze which health-related, social and personal influencing factors facilitate or compromise sustainable employment of persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Based on the results, we create a risk model, in order to identify persons with SCI or TBI early on who are at risk of losing their job.

Four studies are planned in order to address our research question:

Literature study

In the course of the literature study we collect and evaluate all known and researched factors promoting a successful return to work of persons with SCI or TBI.

Development of a prediction model based on SwiSCI data

In the course of the prediction study, we analyze work-related data collected in the Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Cohort Study (SwiSCI) in 2012 and 2017. Based on the results, we plan to develop a prediction model in order to identify persons early on who are at risk of losing their job.

Qualitative study

The qualitative study is carried out to analyze the results of studies 1 and 2 in greater detail and to evaluate their effects. To do so, we ask affected persons, their current or previous employers, healthcare experts, experts in the field of vocational integration as well as representatives of funding agencies about facilitating and compromising factors with regard to sustainable employment. Aim of the study is to identify additional factors and to shed light on the complex interactions from different perspectives.

Knowledge transfer study

Within the scope of the knowledge transfer project, we develop strategies for the practical application of the results in cooperation with two patient organizations (Swiss Paraplegics Association and Fragile Suisse) and two hospitals (Swiss Paraplegic Centre and Rehab Basel). The objective is to support affected persons with targeted interventions at an early stage in order to prevent involuntary exits from the labor market.

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