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Title: Vocational rehabilitation program for persons with occupational deafness
Authors: Li, EPY
Li-Tsang, CWP 
Lee, TK 
Lee, GWM
Lam, ECF
Keywords: Job placement
Occupational deafness
Return-to-work program
Vocational counseling
Work readiness
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Springer
Source: Journal of occupational rehabilitation, 2006, v. 16, no. 4, p. 503-512 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of occupational rehabilitation 
Abstract: Introduction: A pilot return-to-work program based on the concept of work readiness and three-month job placement with support was developed to enable people with occupational deafness to return to the workforce. Methods: A convenient sample of six male persons with occupational deafness completed the program. A Pretest-Posttest Single Group Design was utilized to measure the program outcome. Two instruments: the Chinese version of SF-36 Health Assessment Questionnaire and the Chinese version of Lam's Assessment of Stage of employment readiness were used to measure the participants' health status and their work readiness respectively. Results: The preliminary findings indicated that the six participants showed improvement in their general health and work readiness. The employment outcome indicated that three of the participants had secured a job and another two participants had attained job offers. Conclusion: This pilot study suggested that a systematic vocational rehabilitation program can facilitate persons with occupational deafness to return to the workforce. Further research using a controlled investigation with larger sample size is recommended for evidence-based practice even though the results of this return-to-work program appear promising.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/33009
ISSN: 1053-0487
EISSN: 1573-3688
DOI: 10.1007/s10926-006-9033-4
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