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September 26, 1959

PREVOCATIONAL EVALUATION AND REHABILITATION IN A GENERAL HOSPITAL

Author Affiliations

Boston

Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Chief, Physical Medicine Department, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Medical Director, Bay State Medical Rehabilitation Clinic.

JAMA. 1959;171(4):385-388. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010220009003
Abstract

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.

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