Background: The guideline for work-related medical rehabilitation (WMR) in responsibility of the German Pension Insurance describes standards of work-related measures in medical rehabilitation. We investigated if contents and recommended amount of treatment were successfully implemented and which improvements were associated with the implementation. Methods: Implementation of the WMR guideline was evaluated at 7 inpatient orthopaedic rehabilitation centres. Patients completed questionnaires at beginning of rehabilitation, at discharge and 3 months after discharge. Details regarding the treatments provided were extracted from the standardised discharge report. Results: The recommended amount of social counselling and work-related psychosocial therapy measures were appropriate. However, there were discrepancies regarding the recommended amount of functional capacity training. The standardised mean difference (SMD) between baseline and 3-month follow-up sick leave duration indicated an almost medium-sized effect (SMD=0.47; 95% CI: 0.28-0.66). An additional 5h of work-related therapy was associated with a 1.2-week decrease in sick leave duration (95% CI: -2.38 to -0.03). Conclusion: The guideline was for the most part successfully implemented and sets important standards for the roll-out of WMR. The nationwide implementation of the WMR guideline requires a continuous quality assurance that enables promptly feedback about the achieved implementation level.
|Translated title of the contribution||Is the guideline for work-related medical rehabilitation successfully implemented?|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 06.2014|