The nonprofessional services of a hospital were found to provide a rich variety of work situations for use in a rehabilitation program. Of 44 consecutive patients who started this program, 41 completed it and 31 were successfully rehabilitated, even though an average of 23 months had elapsed since the initial injury. The setting was an acute general hospital. Three cases are described to illustrate the feasibility of using the hospital barber shop, accounting department, pharmacy, and similar facilities to test and restore the patient's occupational potentialities.
Watkins AL. PREVOCATIONAL EVALUATION AND REHABILITATION IN A GENERAL HOSPITAL. JAMA. 1959;171(4):385–388. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010220009003
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