Table 4

Results of the second-round ratings presented for all stakeholders combined (overall) and for each stakeholder group separately

OutcomeOverall
(n=55)
Researcher
(n=37)
Employee
(n=10)
Occupational health professional
(n=4)
Policy maker
(n=3)
Employer
(n=1)
Clarifying text for new outcomes added to the second round (table 1 contains all initial outcomes); % score 7–9; % score 7–9; % score 7–9; % score 7–9; % score 7–9score
Stage 1: Initiating employment
Any type of employment including self-employment (Outcome replaces all previous outcomes for stage 1. Also included in stage 2.)6.2; 55%6.6; 65%6; 40%5.3; 25%6; 33%1 n.a.
Stage 2: Having employment
Employment—any type of employment including self-employment7.9; 87%8; 89%7.4; 80%7; 7.5%8.7; 100%9 n.a.
Sustainable employment (New outcome based on suggestion from Delphi round 1 and the discussion: Any type of employment including self-employment AND one or more indicators of quality of working life (such as work life balance, healthy work, optimal work, work accommodations, decent work))7.2; 66%6.7; 60%8.6; 100%7.8; 75%5; 0%9 n.a.
Work disability—self reported inability to engage in any work participation (Rephrased outcome based on the discussion).6.9; 64%7; 65%7.4; 80%7.8; 75%4.3; 0%1 n.a.
Employment—having lost employment6.5; 56%6.7; 60%7.6; 80%6; 25%4.3; 0%1 n.a.
Stage 3: Increasing or maintaining employment
Work productivity loss (economic evaluation)6.4; 62%6.6; 70%6.5; 50%5; 25%6.7; 67%1 n.a.
Work ability6.5; 60%6.6; 60%7.3; 90%5.5; 25%6.7; 67%1 n.a.
Work activity impairment6; 51%5.5; 41%7.5; 80%6.8; 50%6; 67%9 n.a.
Perceptions affecting productivity5.2; 35%4.7; 24%6.8; 70%5; 50%4.3; 0%9 n.a.
Stage 4: return to employment
Return to employment
Return to work—proportion of workers8; 91%8; 92%7.6; 90%8.5; 100%7.7; 67%9 n.a.
Time to return to work7.8; 80%8; 84%7.6; 80%7.8; 75%6; 33%9 n.a.
Sustainable return to work—proportion of workers7.2; 62%7.2; 62%7.7; 70%7.8; 75%5.3; 33%9 n.a.
Duration of absence from work due to health problem over a period of time. (This outcome replaces previous sickness absence outcomes based on the suggestions from round 1 and the discussion)6; 38%6; 40%6.7; 40%5.5; 25%6.7; 33%1 n.a.
Return to work—the worker’s perceptions5.4; 38%5.1; 24%7.4; 90%3.5; 25%4.3; 33%9 n.a.
  • Ratings are presented for the four work participation stages. The outcomes from the Delphi rounds are presented within each stage from most to least highly rated. Only outcomes which received a mean score of 7–9 for 50%–80% of the participants in the first Delphi round are included. We present the mean score (Embedded Image) given to each outcome per group and the percentage of the stakeholders within each group who rated an outcome with a score between 7 and 9. Further description of analysis can be found in section the ‘Data analysis’.

  • N.a, not applicable.