Return to work: the predictive value of the Worker Role Interview (WRI) over two years

Work. 2010;35(2):163-72. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2010-0968.


Worker Role Interview (WRI) is an assessment tool designed to identify psychosocial and environmental factors which influence a person's ability to return to work. The purpose of this study was to investigate if the Worker Role Interview (WRI) can predict return to work over a period of two years. Fifty three long-term sick-listed people were interviewed and rated with the WRI. Differences in ratings and the ability of WRI to correctly predict whether these people would fall into the working or non-working groups at 6, 12 and 24 month follow-ups were tested by Mann-Whitney test and logistic regression respectively. Eight of 17 items in WRI were rated differently between the groups at one or more of the follow-ups. The regression models based on the WRI ratings had an overall correct prediction rate ranging from 81% to 96%. 'Expectation of job success' which concerns the person's belief in abilities in relation to return to work emerged as an important predictive factor for return to work in all statistical analyses. The WRI assessment contains items that could predict return to work. This implies that the WRI could be a useful tool in vocational rehabilitation for identifying individual rehabilitation needs.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological*
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Motivation
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sick Leave*
  • Sweden
  • Work Capacity Evaluation*