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A prospective cohort study of public sector employees taking part in Finland’s €33 million-a-year vocationally oriented multi-disciplinary rehabilitation (VOMR) programme found no improvements in health or return-to-work times at long-term follow-up (mean 2.8 years). VOMR is aimed at relatively healthy people considered at risk of a deterioration of their work capacity due to work-related physical, mental or social strain. A total of 1,394 participants in the programme were matched to 4,146 controls. There were no differences in mental or physical health disability, or the risk of non-return to work following long-term sick leave.

Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment & Health 2012; 38(1): 27–37.

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Occupational Health at Work February/March 2012 (vol. 08/5) pp40-41