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The experience of return to work among workers with occupational injury: A narrative inquiry
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This study interviewed four male workers who experienced occupational injury and returned to work for at least one year afterwards. The ages of these participants were between 40-62 years old. The study represented how the workers transitioned from their injuries back to work. By means of narrative inquiry, the workers shared their experiences of transition. The data was analyzed using qualitative research method by the Nvivo 10 software. The results indicated that the workers suffered not only physical injuries that affected their normal lifestyle, but also psychological and emotional stress. Family and friends’ support, employment environment, government resources, treatment and rehabilitation intervention, are all important factors that contributed to workers return to work. Though participants in this study were slightly depressed after occupational injury, they experienced a change of mood due to a positive attitude, good personal relational skills, as well as to be responsible for their family. Both an optimistic personality of the worker and the company of a significant person, such as a family member or a friend, are essential for return to work. Compliance to medical treatment and rehabilitation was another crucial point to successful recovery. In addition, effectively utilizing government-provided resources was also important. Based on the research findings, the study proposed some suggestions for the vocational rehabilitation and medical areas.
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