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A randomized prospective study of vocational outcome in rehabilitation of patients with non-specific musculoskeletal pain: a multidisciplinary approach to patients identified after 90 days of sick-leave

M Lindh, M Lurie, H Sanne
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Göteborg, Sweden.
DOI: 10.2340/16501977199729103112


This study was designed to evaluate the effectiveness of a multidisciplinary rehabilitation programme offered to a general population with 90 days of sick-leave due to non-specific musculoskeletal pain. The results concerning return to work and re-sick-listing during a follow-up period of five years were evaluated for Swedes and immigrants separately. Compared to a control group, the rehabilitation offer resulted in improved work stability after work return among the Swedes. The immigrants, as a group, did not benefit from the programme compared to the controls in primary care.

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