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Adaptation of a Questionnaire to Measure Perceptions of Work Disability in Adults with a Common Mental Disorder


Common mental disorders are among the leading causes of work disability. We know that individuals with a physical or mental health condition that impacts their ability to work will try to understand what is happening to them. They will do so through developing a representation of their condition, by assessing its cause, identity, controllability or curability, consequences and timeline. Based on this representation, they will begin a process of problem-solving and consequently take action to recover.
A more complete understanding of workers’ perceptions of their conditions and work disabilities could assist in understanding the strategies they adopt and in better supporting them. The first step is to systematize the evaluation of these perceptions with a validated self-administered tool for work disability due to a common mental disorder (CMD).
The Revised Illness Perception Questionnaire adapted for Work Disability (IPQR-WD) is specifically designed to evaluate perceptions. It has been validated with a clientele who have work disabilities related to persistent musculoskeletal pain. It has yet to be adapted and validated for individuals with a common mental disorder, which is the objective of this project.
Following the adaptation of the IPQR-WD with clinical experts in occupational rehabilitation, it will be validated (consistency, construct validity and test-retest reliability). Next, the research team will translate and assess the clarity of the items in the English version of the IPQR-WD. Finally, the English and French versions of the questionnaire will be integrated into a secure web platform, enabling it to be taken, automatically scored and interpreted, and to be accessible free of charge to rehabilitation clinicians.
To contribute to the collection of data to establish the validity of the IPQR-WD, and for advance access to the questionnaire, contact [email protected]

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2019-0043
Status: Ongoing
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Marie-France Coutu (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Marie-José Durand (Centre d'Action en Prévention et Réadaptation de l'incapacité au Travail)
  • Fergal O'Hagan (Université de Trent)