Return to work after rehabilitation. The significance of the patient's own prediction

Scand J Rehabil Med. 1986;18(1):29-33.


A prospective study of patients with chronic low-back pain was made to determine the significance of the patient's own prediction of the outcome of a vocational rehabilitation program. Fifty-two patients were screened, and their work situation determined one and 4 years after the rehabilitation program was started. The patients predicted the outcome correctly in 69%, with a sensitivity of 68% and a specificity of 71%. A statistically significant correlation was found between the patient's prediction and the recommendations given by the rehabilitation unit.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health*
  • Back Pain / psychology
  • Back Pain / rehabilitation*
  • Chronic Disease
  • Employment*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies