Management of work disability. Resources for vocational rehabilitation

Arthritis Rheum. 1993 Dec;36(12):1663-70. doi: 10.1002/art.1780361204.


Objective: To review the state-federal vocational rehabilitation (SF-VR) system and its utilization by persons with rheumatic conditions.

Methods: SF-VR system instruction manuals, and literature on rheumatology rehabilitation, work disability, and rehabilitation counseling were reviewed. National and Massachusetts state SF-VR system data on persons with "arthritis and rheumatism" were analyzed.

Results: The SF-VR system is used by a small proportion of persons with rheumatic diseases. Fifty-two percent of clients with arthritis are employed after receiving services.

Conclusion: Although evidence indicates that VR services for persons with rheumatic conditions improves their chances for reemployment, the SF-VR system is underutilized.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Disability Evaluation
  • Humans
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational* / statistics & numerical data
  • Rheumatic Diseases / rehabilitation*
  • Vocational Guidance