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A Modified Rehabilitation Intervention for Working Persons With Arthritis (Work It)

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified December 2013 by Boston University
U.S. Department of Education
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First received: June 23, 2011
Last updated: December 11, 2013
Last verified: December 2013

The purpose of this study is to explore the effects of a brief vocational rehabilitation intervention on individuals with arthritis who are concerned about their ability to remain employed.

Condition Intervention
Behavioral: Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: Efficacy of a Modified Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention for Work Disability

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Further study details as provided by Boston University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change in work status [ Time Frame: Baseline, 6, 12, 24 month follow up ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Work limitation will be assessed using the Work Limitation Questionnaire, a tool developed to assess limitation in ability to work due to health.

Estimated Enrollment: 300
Study Start Date: June 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2015
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Physical Therapist/Occupational Therapist Intervention
This group will be assigned a physical therapist or occupational therapist to meet with followed by 2 phone consultations.
Behavioral: Vocational Rehabilitation Intervention
Physical or occupational therapist will deliver a vocational rehabilitation intervention using the Work Experience Survey for Persons with Rheumatic Conditions (WES-RC) assessment tool to assess subject's health and vocational background as well as work barriers.
No Intervention: Control
This is the control group. This group will not receive the vocational rehabilitation intervention from an occupational or physical therapist. They will receive written information regarding job accommodations and disability advocacy.


Ages Eligible for Study:   25 Years to 63 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Live or work in eastern Massachusetts
  • Age 25-63 years
  • Risk of work loss due to arthritis
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic back pain
  • Currently employed

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Unemployed
  • No arthritis
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01387100

Contact: Julie J Keyspr, PhD 617-353-2735
Contact: Inbar Hanouna, MS 617-358-1638

United States, Massachusetts
Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02215
Principal Investigator: Julie Keysor, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston University
U.S. Department of Education
Principal Investigator: Julie Keysor, PhD Boston University
  More Information

Additional Information:
No publications provided

Responsible Party: Boston University Identifier: NCT01387100     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: H133B100003-1
Study First Received: June 23, 2011
Last Updated: December 11, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Boston University:
supportive employment
vocational rehabilitation

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases processed this record on November 20, 2014