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Associations between socio-demographic factors, encounters with healthcare professionals and the perceived ability to return to work in people sick-listed due to heart failure in Sweden: A cross-sectional study
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Uppsala universitet.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0667-7111
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4537-030X
2016 (English)In: Disability and Rehabilitation, ISSN 0963-8288, E-ISSN 1464-5165, Vol. 38, no 2, p. 168-173Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate associations between socio-demographic factors, experiences of positive/negative encounters with healthcare professionals, and the encounters' impact on the ability to return to work in a population of people on sick leave due to heart failure. Methods: This was a cross-sectional study. Data were collected from two official registries in Sweden and from a postal questionnaire. In all, 590 people with heart failure responded to the questionnaire. Associations between variables were calculated with bivariate correlation analyses and logistic regression analyses. Results: For people on sick leave due to heart failure, positive encounters with healthcare professionals are associated with being Swedish-born, female gender, and high income. People with high income are more likely to be supported back to work by positive encounters with healthcare professionals. To perceive that healthcare professionals believe in person's ability to return to work can be facilitating. Conclusions: Women, people who are not foreign-born, and people with high income are more likely to perceive encounters with healthcare professionals as positive. Healthcare professionals who work with rehabilitation for people with heart failure need to be aware of social inequalities and that being on sick leave is a process of change.Implications for Rehabilitation

  • A failing heart limits everyday life implying risk for long-term sick leave. Even though there are rehabilitation programs for people with heart failure, vocational rehabilitation is often over-looked. The knowledge about factors associated with sick leave due to heart failure is scarce.

  • Experiences of positive encounters with healthcare professionals were associated with being Swedish-born, female gender, and high income. People with high income were more likely to be supported back to work by positive encounters with healthcare professionals.

  • Healthcare professionals who work with rehabilitation for people with heart failure can support patients with heart failure by showing them confidence and trust. However, they need to be aware that sick leave implies a process of change.

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2016. Vol. 38, no 2, p. 168-173
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27701DOI: 10.3109/09638288.2015.1031289ISI: 000364971000005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84947585913OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-27701DiVA, id: diva2:795457
Available from: 2015-03-16 Created: 2015-03-16 Last updated: 2017-12-04Bibliographically approved

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