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Table 2 Codebook of questionnaire factors and items, blue: factors from the focus group (16), white: factors from the questionnaire (21)

From: Assessment of long-term sickness absence: content and face validity of a new questionnaire based on qualitative data from nominal groups

Work-related factors
NrFactorItem# focus groups
1AutonomyAre patients able to choose their own tasks, tempo, order in which they perform tasks?1
2Learning and development opportunitiesDo patients feel they have the opportunity to develop themselves at work, that they are contributing to a useful entity?5
3Social support by managementDo patients feel their management has sympathy for their situation?5
4Social support by colleaguesDo patients feel their colleagues have sympathy for their situation?5
5Physical workloadDo patients perceive their job as physically demanding? (e.g. lifting, …)3
6WorkloadHow do patients perceive the workload? (e.g. time-pressure, number of tasks, …)3
7Terms of employmentHow satisfied are the patients with their terms of employment (e.g. salary, …)1
8Emotional burdenDo patients perceive their jobs as emotionally demanding?0
9Turnover intention professionHave patients been considering changing jobs? /1
10Job satisfactionDo patients feel good at work?4
11Work expectationsDo patients think they will have to catch up a lot of work when they return to their job?2
1Active support in return-to-work processIs there any follow-up and support by an assigned person (employer, disability manager, HR, …) to make sure patients are able to take up tasks gradually?4
2Employers attitude towards return to workDo patients feel the employer is willing to adjust the work floor to their needs?2
3MobilityIs it possible for the patient to come to work?3
4Adaptive work environmentAre necessary adaptations in working hours, work place adaptations, adapted tasks, possible on the workfloor according to the patient?5
Stressful life-event factors
NrFactorQuestion# focus groups
12Stressful life eventsDo patients perceive stressful life events in their private life? (e.g. difficulties in the household)4
5Practical issues at homeDo patients perceive issues doing practical tasks at home?3
6Financial incentivesDo patients have financial incentives to go back to work (e.g. does the benefit not suffice to support their household?)4
7Environment and return to workHow does the environment of the patient feel about the patient returning to work?2
Functioning factors
NrFactorQuestion# focus groups
13Health perception patientHow do patients perceive their own health in general?5
14Psychological distressDo patients experience psychological distress? (e.g. depressing thoughts, …)5
15Pain perceptionHow do patients perceive their pain?5
16Work-health interference perceptionDo patients think that returning to work will worsen their condition?2
17Return-to-work needsDo patients think they will be able to return to their previous job, or are adaptations or a job change necessary?4
18Return-to-work expectationsDo patients think they will be able to resume their previous job within 4 weeks?3
19Recovery expectationsDo patients perceive the treatment as effective for curing their illness?3
8Mental FatigueDo patients perceive mental fatigue?4
9Medication useDo patients use medication and does this have a negative influence on their functioning?3
10Status support processDo patient have the feeling of being followed up? (e.g. do they have a diagnosis? Have they seen an occupational health physician?)5
11Illness recognitionHow does the patient think others perceive their illness?5
12Willing to return to workAre patients motivated to return to work?5
13Sustainable return to workDo patients think that sustainable return to work is possible (e.g. in case of chronic illnesses, unpredictability of the illness)2
14Illness-life impactHow do patients feel the illness has an impact on their normal functioning?2
Person-related factors
NrFactorQuestion# focus groups
20Fear of colleagues’ expectationsAre patients afraid about what colleagues think about their absence?4
21PerfectionismDo patients have perfectionist characteristics?2
Environmental factors
NrFactorQuestion# focus groups
15RegulationsDo patients know about the regulations involved in returning to work?3
16Communication different stakeholdersIs there, according to the patients, enough communication between the various stakeholders in their return-to-work process (e.g. communication between different physicians)?2