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A 45-year-old Japanese male pharmacist developed a stroke in December 2018; hence, he had left-sided hemiplegia due to the after-effects of cerebral stroke. This paper reports the return-to-work (RTW) and after RTW support for poststroke patients from a combined ergonomic and rehabilitation perspective. From April 2019 to July 2020, we visited hospitals and workplaces multiple times, making various preparations for workplace accommodation and exchanging information as follows: allowing staggered working hours; securing the flow routes in the back room; equipping a cane holder on his working desk; and adjusting the position of the work tablet. In August 2020, after RTW, we conducted a brief evaluation of residual motor function and an on-site task analysis, and we subsequently made a support tool. In July 2020, his RTW was eventually realized. Moreover, as a result of introducing the tailor-made support tool, the duration of certain tasks that he had been claiming to be difficult was reduced when compared to that before support-tool use, and the average task duration before and after support-tool use was 32.8 s and 10 s, respectively (reduced by approximately 69.5%). To augment our efforts, hospital staff, support staff in his workplace, and his employer collaborated to make various workplace accommodations for the smooth realization of RTW before and after RTW. In the present case, the ergonomic and rehabilitation approach after RTW might have contributed to ease of task, work efficiency, and the potential for future job retention. © 2021 The Authors. Journal of Occupational Health published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of The Japan Society for Occupational Health.


Naomichi Tani, Fumiko Ichikawa, Risa Mitani, Junichi Akatsu, Susumu Oda. Fitting the task to a person with disabilities: A case of return-to-work support for a patient due to left-sided poststroke hemiplegia using tailor-made jigs-and-tools. Journal of occupational health. 2021 Jan;63(1):e12201

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