Navigating employment retention with a chronic health condition:a meta-ethnography of the employment experiences of people with musculoskeletal disorders in the UK

Holland, Paula Jane and Clayton, Stephen (2019) Navigating employment retention with a chronic health condition:a meta-ethnography of the employment experiences of people with musculoskeletal disorders in the UK. Disability and Rehabilitation. ISSN 0963-8288

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Abstract

Purpose: Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are associated with high rates of work disability in the UK. This review synthesised qualitative evidence concerning the employment experiences of people with MSDs to explore the factors shaping their employment trajectories post-onset and the resources they draw on to remain in work. Material and methods: Systematic database searches identified 16 qualitative studies of the employment consequences of having a chronic MSD in the UK. Meta-ethnographic methods were utilised to synthesise this body of evidence. This included a translation of concepts across studies to produce a line of argument synthesis. Results: The lack of certainty associated with often fluctuating and invisible MSD symptoms leads to employees struggling to maintain a stable work identity. Work retention is aided by having: a clear diagnosis, occupational tasks commensurate with altered abilities, and employers and colleagues who understand the nature of the condition. The ability to negotiate and implement workplace adjustments aids work retention but is dependent upon having good quality employee-employer relationships and the degree of autonomy available to the employee. Conclusion: Individuals with MSDs must draw on a range of personal, social, organisational and institutional resources to remain in or return to work post-onset.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: Disability and Rehabilitation
Uncontrolled Keywords: /dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2742
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Departments: Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 127151
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2018 12:54
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 06 Dec 2019 04:29
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/127151

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