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Table 2 Programs at the inpatient and outpatient occupational rehabilitation clinics

From: Comparing two interdisciplinary occupational rehabilitation programs for employees on sick leave: a mixed-method design study protocol

Program Outpatient clinic Hours Inpatient clinic Hours
Duration 3 months 1–3 h/
week
4 weeks 36 h/
week
Mapping process and work ability assessment Interdisciplinary assessment(questionnaire, interviews, and team discussions)   Interdisciplinary assessment(questionnaire, interviews, and team discussions)  
Cognitive-behavioral approaches Individual therapeutic conversation and/or treatmentCounseling by phone when needed 1–10 h
0–20 h
Individual therapeutic conversation
Group activities
4–15 h
2–4 h
Development of an RTW plan Patient and team, + individual 1 h Group process, + individual 6 h
Education to promote self-care and pain management Education in groups according to individual needs 2 h × 4 Education in groups 7 h
Education/advice about activity and work Individual counseling with a work consultant >  1 h Individual counseling with a work consultant
Education in groups with a work consultant
>  1 h
1 h
Exercise program Psychomotor physiotherapy if needed, one to one or/and in groups 1–10 h Group activities (gym, water exercise, psychomotor physiotherapy, climbing, Nordic walking, and other outdoor activities). Half of the group can practice riding (75 min × 5)Organized leisure activities and own activities 43 h Varies
Interface with the workplace Communication via phone and/or meetings.
Workplace visits if needed
1–4 h Communication via phoneSeldom meetings or workplace visits 1–2 h
Communication with other stakeholders Communication via phone and/or meetings (GP or other healthcare providers or local NAV consultant) >  1 h Communication via phone and/or meetings (GP or other healthcare providers or local NAV consultant) >  1 h
Interdisciplinary team Physician, psychologist or conversation therapist, NAV−/work consultant, physiotherapist/psychomotor physiotherapist, and team-coordinator   Physician, psychologist or conversation therapist, work consultant, psychomotor physiotherapist, physical education teacher, and team-coordinator. Additional: nutrition counselor, riding instructor, and recreation instructor  
RTW coordinator Yes   Yes