Bpproximately 360.000 people in the Netherlands sufer from a stroke and more than 30% of stroke patients are of working age. However, many patients experience long-lasting consequences, including cognitive impairment and mood disorders, which afect their ability to fully return to society and work. As a result, stroke patients have 2-3 times higher risk of unemployment compared to their peers in the general population or do not return to full-time employment. Long-term unemployment is associated with substantial reduction of quality of life. Our project focuses on optimizing opportunities for return to (suitable) work or study for patients after a stroke.
We have setup an innovative intervention of 'integrated work-oriented care', which results in a better quality of life, work participation and work-life balance and less overload through a person-oriented approach.