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An intervention to improve cooperation between absent employees and their employers.


- candidate number10513
- NTR NumberNTR3151
- ISRCTNISRCTN wordt niet meer aangevraagd.
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR8-nov-2011
- Secondary IDs11-4-115 METC
- Public TitleAn intervention to improve cooperation between absent employees and their employers.
- Scientific TitleImproved cooperation between absent employees and their employers.
- ACRONYM
- hypothesisN/A
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedWorkers, Employers
- Inclusion criteriaThe inclusion criteria for the employees are that they:
1. Are on sick leave for at least two weeks;
2. Expect to be absent from work for at least four working weeks;
3. Are appointed to work for at least twelve hours per week;
4. Are aged between 18 and 60 years old.
Employees can participate in the study only when their employers are willing to participate as well.
- Exclusion criteriaThe exclusion criteria for the employees are that they:
1. Expect to resume work within four weeks after they called in sick;
2. Have a labour contract that ends within eighteen months;
3. Suffer from a terminal illness;
4. Are absent for more than eighth weeks. According to Dutch law, a return to work plan is composed before eighth weeks of absence. If such as plan exists, the intervention may interfere with the plan;
5. Take part in another study or receive other kinds of support (such as coaching) to return to work.
- mec approval receivedyes
- multicenter trialno
- randomisedno
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, non-randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-mrt-2011
- planned closingdate31-aug-2014
- Target number of participants140
- InterventionsIntervention group:
1. Absent employees and their employers use a guideline to structure and intensify their cooperation. Among others, this guideline advises employees and employers about their meeting frequency, how to prepare for- and what to discuss during the meetings. As part of this guideline, employees and employers discuss when and how the employees can return to work;
2. Every four to six weeks, employees and employers fill out a questionnaire about their cooperation;
3. In case the results of the questionnaire point out a lack of cooperation, employees and employers are supported by a third actor (an occupational physician or other professional) to cooperate with each other.

Control group:
Care as usual/regular support to return to work, provided by employers and occupational physicians.
- Primary outcomeProximal outcomes:
1. Outcome name: Mutual trust measured by means of among others a self-developed questionnaire. Time points: Every four to six weeks until the employee returns to work;
2. Outcome name: Mutual dependency with a self-developed questionnaire. Time points: Every four to six weeks until the employee returns to work;
3. Outcome name: Cooperation with among others self-developed questionnaires. Time points: Every four to six weeks until the employee returns to work.

Distal outcomes:
1. Outcome name: Participation (sickness absence) with the Prodisq. Time points: 0, 6 and 12 months;
2. Outcome name: Health with parts of the SF-36. Time points: 0, 6 and 12 months;
3. Outcome name: Quality of life with the EQ-5D-5L. Time points: 0, 6 and 12 months;
4. Outcome name: Care consumption with the TIQP. Time points: 0, 6 and 12 months.
- Secondary outcomeOutcome name: Satisfaction about support provided by the third actor (measured by means of a self-developed questionnaire in intervention group only). Time points: As soon as possible after the employee returned to work.
- TimepointsN/A
- Trial web siteN/A
- statusopen: patient inclusion
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIESMSc. Nicole Hoefsmit
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIESMSc. Nicole Hoefsmit
- Sponsor/Initiator Stichting Instituut GAK (SIG), University Maastricht (UM)
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
Stichting Instituut GAK (SIG)
- PublicationsN/A
- Brief summaryA quasi experimental study to test the effects of a minimal intervention on among others participation (sickness absence) of employees.
The intervention group receives: A) a guideline to structure and intensify cooperation between absent employees and their employers; B) regular testing moments (employees and employers fill out a questionnaire about their cooperation); C) in case of insufficient cooperation, a third actor (for example an occupational physician) supports employees and their employers to cooperate with each other. The control group receives care as usual.
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD8-nov-2011 - 28-nov-2011


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