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Consensus on tasks to be included in a return to work assessment for a UK firefighter following an injury: an online Delphi study

Noll, Liam and Mallows, Adrian and Moran, Jason (2021) 'Consensus on tasks to be included in a return to work assessment for a UK firefighter following an injury: an online Delphi study.' International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health. ISSN 0340-0131

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Abstract

Objective The aim was to provide a consensus tasks needed to be included in a return to work assessment for operational firefighters. Methods A two round online Delphi study was conducted with twenty-four participants including firefighters, service fitness advisers and occupational health managers. A consensus was set at 70% agreement. In round one, participants completed an online survey relating to tasks to be included during a return to work assessment for firefighters following an injury. Round two was an online consensus meeting to discuss the tasks where consensus was not achieved. Results A consensus was reached for ten of the thirteen tasks, including the number of repetitions required when lifting a light portable pump and climbing a ladder. A consensus was reached for the total distance equipment which should be carried. This included carrying a ladder, a hose and a light portable pump. Conclusions This study has provided a consensus for tasks to be included when assessing a firefighter for return to work. Further research is needed to understand how to use this assessment optimally

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Firefighter, Return to work, Injury, United Kingdom
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2021 11:06
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2021 11:06
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/29870

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