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Cognitive Performance in Occupational and Work-Related Rehabilitation

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Abstract

Occupational rehabilitation, part of the specialist health care services, has existed in Norway for more than 25 years. Individuals who are on long-term sick leave can be offered occupational rehabilitation, based on cognitive interventions and physical activity, aiming to improve functioning and work ability, self-efficacy related to home and work tasks and sustainable return to work. However, a surprisingly small number of empirical studies have been conducted to evaluate and document the quality and effect of the cognitive interventions. Thus, it is essential to investigate the relationship between cognitive and emotional factors and return to work; in particular memory, attention, executive function and appraisal of emotional stimuli from faces, pictures and words. Therefore, the application of the cognitive psychological approach in this field is original. The elucidation of which cognitive changes take place during occupational and work-related rehabilitation in individuals reporting anxiety, depression and musculoskeletal pain should improve the quality of rehabilitation programmes. Relevant empirical literature and its clinical implications along with recommendations for future studies are highlighted.

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Johansen, T. (2021). Cognitive Performance in Occupational and Work-Related Rehabilitation. In: Johansen, T., H. Dittrich, W. (eds) Occupational Health and Rehabilitation. FOM-Edition(). Springer Gabler, Wiesbaden. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-658-33484-0_10

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