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How Persons with a Neuromuscular Disease Perceive Employment Participation

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How Persons with a Neuromuscular Disease Perceive Employment Participation

Rechten: Alle rechten voorbehouden

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Introduction A qualitative study was carried out to understand how people with a slow progressive adult
type neuromuscular disease (NMD) perceive employment participation. Methods 16 paid employed persons with NMD were interviewed in open, in-depth interviews. Data were analyzed using the constant comparison method. Results Four themes were identified in the analyses: (1) Experiences regarding the meaning of work; (2) Solving problems oneself; (3) Reaching a turning point; and (4) Taking into account environmental aspects. Persons with NMD highlighted benefits of staying at work as well as the tension they felt how to shape decisions to handle progressive physical hindrances in job retention. This study shows how participants at work with NMD were challenged to keep up appearances at work and at home, the tension felt around when and if to disclose, the effect of their condition on colleagues and work reorganization challenges. Participants experienced that disclosure did not always make things better. With increasing disability participants’ focus shifted from the importance of assistive products towards considerate colleague, in particular superior’s willingness in supporting job retention.

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OrganisatieHogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen
InstituutKenniscentrum Revalidatie, Arbeid, Sport
LectoraatNeurorevalidatie
Gepubliceerd inJournal of Occupational Rehabilitation Vol. 24, Uitgave: 1, Pagina's: 52-67
Jaar2014
TypeArtikel
ISBN978-90-8707-029-8
ISSN1053-0487
TaalEngels

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