Print Email Facebook Twitter Introduction to the special section: Sustainability of work with chronic health conditions Title Introduction to the special section: Sustainability of work with chronic health conditions Author Shaw, W.S. Tveito, T.H. Boot, C.R.L. Publication year 2013 Abstract Background The increasing prevalence of older workers and chronic health conditions represents a growing occupational health concern. More research is needed to understand risk factors, apply and adapt theories, and test workplace-focused interventions that might prevent work disability and disengagement among chronically ill workers. Methods A 2-h roundtable symposium involving 28 participants was held at an international conference (Second Scientific Conference on Work Disability Prevention & Integration, Groningen, The Netherlands) in October 2012. In that symposium, small groups of participants were invited to discuss theoretical, methodological, and implementation considerations for studying workplace function and well-being among workers with chronic health conditions. As a follow-up to the symposium, the organizers invited authors to submit original articles to a Special Section of the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation for peer review and publication. Results Results of the symposium reflected the need to address social, not just physical, aspects of the workplace, to include both individual-level and organizational interventions, and to integrate employer perspectives and operational models. Contributions to the Special Issue focus on outcome measurement, symptom self-management at work, job accommodations, prognostic factors for disability escalation, and the perceived needs of affected workers. Conclusions The content of the Special Section reflects an evolving body of research that continues to grapple with basic issues around choice of outcome measures, level of intervention, and the optimal ways to meet the needs of workers with chronic health conditions, including supporting efforts to manage symptoms and function at work. Future research should focus on integrating organizational and individual-level interventions. © 2013 Springer Science+Business Media New York. Subject OrganisationWH - Work & HealthBSS - Behavioural and Societal SciencesWork and EmploymentWorkplaceHealthy LivingChronic illnessDisability preventionPainResearch agendaWorkplace self-management To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:0da65acf-46a0-41fd-9808-eb3c4284baf3 DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10926-013-9448-7 TNO identifier 473609 ISSN 1053-0487 Source Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 23 (2), 157-161 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.