The rate of unemployment in the United States following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is low, however, evidence reveals how workplace re-integration following a TBI with early intervention and supports through a multidimensional approach creates a more collaborative and successful workplace re-integration process. The specific problem was a lack of understanding of personal and situational perspectives about workplace re-integration following a TBI, which is needed to inform stakeholders about working with this population. The purpose of this qualitative case study was to explore personal and situational perspectives about workplace re-integration following a TBI. The study population included ten individuals who are attempting workplace re-integration following a TBI and referred by a treating physician referral, community outreach programs, or through a self-referral to a Vocational Rehabilitation Program at the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission Vocational Rehabilitation Division and the Statewide Head Injury Program (SHIP) of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC) in Boston, Massachusetts. A holistic (as opposed to an embedded design) was used to explore the globally revelatory experiences of individuals who are attempting workplace re-integration without looking into the subunits of workplace industries, or other subunits. Thematic analysis of the commonly identified themes was used to explore the personal and situational viewpoints about workplace re-integration following a TBI to create a more efficient workplace re-integration. The study was practically significant because of the real lack of comprehension and understanding of the individual’s perspective and motivation level towards workplace re-integration results in a lack of consistency and success in workplace re-integration. Research was needed about individual worker perceptions of workplace re-integration and how the implementation of a best practice mechanism enhances the successful re-integration of individuals after to a TBI. Based on the results of this study indicating the need for the development of a best practices process for workplace re-integration following a TBI, two recommendations for practice were offered, for the multi-disciplinary teams (Vocational Rehabilitation Professionals, Doctors and Therapists) to collaborate, communicate and form a network of information sharing and coordination of services to better serve the individuals attempting workplace re-integration following a TBI; and for vocational rehabilitation professionals to ensure the existence of a qualitative and quantitative support network to enhance the individual’s quality of life and motivation levels.
|Commitee:||Pitchford, Daniel, Stones, Andjelka|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Disability studies, Psychology, Occupational psychology|
|Keywords:||Disability, Employment, Return to work, Traumatic brain injury, Vocational rehabilitation, Workplace re-integration|
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