DOI

10.17077/etd.f457d49d

Document Type

Dissertation

Date of Degree

Summer 2014

Degree Name

PhD (Doctor of Philosophy)

Degree In

Nursing

First Advisor

Rakel, Barbara

First Committee Member

Rakel, Barbara A.

Second Committee Member

Clark, M. Kathleen

Third Committee Member

Culp, Kennith

Fourth Committee Member

Sluka, Kathleen

Fifth Committee Member

Smith, Marianne

Sixth Committee Member

Zimmerman, M. Bridget

Abstract

Little is known about time to return to work (TRTW) following planned medical events. This study was a secondary analysis (n=94) to determine predictors of time to return to work following a total knee replacement for osteoarthritis. Significant predictors of delayed TRTW following a knee replacement: 1) use of workplace modifications (in 6wks vs 5 wks) and 2) poor physical function (in 7wks vs 6 wks). These findings have large implications for workers undergoing knee replacement, orthopedic clinicians, and occupational health nurses.

Keywords

planned medical event, return to work, time to return to work, TKR, total knee replacement, workplace modification

Pages

x, 165 pages

Bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 153-165).

Copyright

Copyright 2014 Nicole Petsas Blodgett

Included in

Nursing Commons

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