Health-related factors for work participation in persons with spinal cord injury in Finland

Kaarina L Eskola, Eerika Koskinen, Heidi Anttila, Susanna Tallqvist, Paula H Bergman, Mauri Kallinen, Harri Hämäläinen, Anna-Maija Kauppila, Anni Täckman, Aki Vainionpää, Jari Arokoski, Marketta Rajavaara, Sinikka Hiekkala

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Objective: To explore work participation and the health-related factors affecting work participation among the Finnish Spinal Cord injury (FinSCI) study population (n = 884).

Methods: A cross-sectional explorative observational study in the FinSCI community survey applying Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS®) forms on Social Health and Global Health. Analyses of socio-demographic and injury-related data were performed.

Results: Employment among the study population (n = 452) was 26.5%. Physical, Mental, Social and General Health were better in the employed group compared with work-age persons not working. Logistic regression showed that work participation was related to all health domains, but Physical Health and Ability to Participate in Social Roles and Activities in Social Health were the strongest indicators of likelihood of being at work. Paraplegia and young age were associated with increased likelihood of work participation. Conclusion: The first national survey among people with spinal cord injury in Finland shows low level of employment. The results suggest that pain, physical function, and ability to participate in social roles should be monitored by health and vocational professionals when assessing a person's likelihood of being in work.
TidskriftJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Antal sidor10
StatusPublicerad - okt. 2022
MoE-publikationstypA1 Tidskriftsartikel-refererad


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