Education Promotes a Return to Work after Rehabilitation

The education level and age affect the likelihood of a person returning to work after a temporary disability pension, i.e. after receiving a cash rehabilitation benefit. Which illness the person suffers from also makes a difference.

“A higher level of education and a young age increase the likelihood of a person returning to work after a temporary disability pension,” state senior researchers Mikko Laaksonen and Raija Gould from the Finnish Centre for Pensions.

Laaksonen’s and Gould’s research titled ‘Return to work after temporary disability in Finland’ has been published in the Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.

“Persons with a low education and those not employed before the temporary disability pension began need more support in returning to work”, the researchers point out.

For four years, Laaksonen and Gould monitored the employment of people who went on a temporary disability pension in 2008. Most frequently, people returned to work after receiving a cash rehabilitation benefit due to an injury. Of them, 38 per cent had returned to work four years after the rehabilitation began. Of persons receiving rehabilitation due to mental disorders, only 18 per cent had returned to work within four years.

The chances of persons who had received vocational rehabilitation arranged by the pension provider to return to work were twice as high than of those how had received no rehabilitation. Nevertheless, only nine per cent of the reviewed had received rehabilitation while drawing a cash rehabilitation allowance. The researchers conclude that increasing rehabilitation during a cash rehabilitation benefit period could promote a return to work after rehabilitation.

 

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