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Measuring Work-Related Functioning Using the Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ)

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Participation, Integration & Social Epidemiology Group, Swiss Paraplegic Research, 6207 Nottwil, Switzerland
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ICF Research Branch, WHO FIC CC Germany (DIMDI) at SPF, 6207 Nottwil, Switzerland
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Department of Rehabilitation and Movement Science, University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05452, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(15), 2795; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152795
Received: 28 June 2019 / Revised: 16 July 2019 / Accepted: 22 July 2019 / Published: 5 August 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Disabilities, Health and Well-being)
The assessment of work-related functioning is a key process in vocational rehabilitation to identify specific domains of disability that can be considered within return to work strategies. The Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ) was developed to evaluate work-related functioning based on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) framework and is available in different languages. The aim of this study was to assess the French version of the WORQ using item response theory to further validate the scale. Rasch analysis of WORQ and the WORQ-BRIEF (a brief version of the WORQ) was performed using a calibration sample of 221 persons with musculoskeletal injuries. A four-testlet solution indicated the unidimensionality of WORQ, with no differential item functioning for age, education, physical job demands, and injury severity. Reliability was 0.969 and 0.918 for WORQ and WORQ-BRIEF, respectively. The minimal detectable change was calculated to be 4.2% of its operational range for WORQ and 8.5% for WORQ-BRIEF. Consequently, the French version of WORQ can be considered a good measure of work-related functioning in musculoskeletal conditions. WORQ can be used in rehabilitation practice to comprehensively identify the disability and guide clinical decision making and intervention planning. Further studies are needed to evaluate the psychometric properties of WORQ in other health conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: vocational rehabilitation; work; WORQ; International Classification of Functioning Disabilityand Health (ICF); functioning; Rasch analysis vocational rehabilitation; work; WORQ; International Classification of Functioning Disabilityand Health (ICF); functioning; Rasch analysis
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Finger, M.E.; Escorpizo, R.; Tennant, A. Measuring Work-Related Functioning Using the Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2795. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152795

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Finger ME, Escorpizo R, Tennant A. Measuring Work-Related Functioning Using the Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ). International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(15):2795. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152795

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Finger, Monika E., Reuben Escorpizo, and Alan Tennant. 2019. "Measuring Work-Related Functioning Using the Work Rehabilitation Questionnaire (WORQ)" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 16, no. 15: 2795. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph16152795

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