Return to gainful work by patients suffering from lumbar discopathy after rehabilitation within the framework of an insurance prevention programme
W. Rycerski1, J. Opara2
1»Repty« Rehab Centre, Tarnowskie Góry, Poland
2Politechnika Opolska, Opole, Poland
In this paper the analysis of a return to gainful work by 76 consecutive patients suffering from back pain and neuralgia due to the lumbar discopathy after rehabilitation within the framework of the ZUS (Polish Social Insurance Institution) Prevention Programme has been presented. The following parameters, which might have influenced the return to work, age, sex, treatment, employment, education and the length of incapacity for work have been analysed. The relevancy of the opinion given by doctors at the rehabilitation centre on the patients capacity for work in relation to their future return to work has been analysed. The utility of measuring activities of daily living (ADL), level of depression and quality of life (HRQoL) for predicting return to work has been estimated. The Functional Index Repty, Becks Depression Scale and a Simple Life Satisfaction Scale were used as additional outcome measures.
Key words: back pain, capacity, discopathy, gainful work, invalidity, prevention, rehabilitation
Neurol Rehabil 2002; 8 (6): 291-294