Integrating Israeli Defense Force (IDF) veterans with disabilities into the workforce: Characteristics and predictors

Dan Segev, Miriam Schiff*

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Abstract

Background: According to the ICF Model, the central goal of rehabilitation is the returning of persons with disabilities to an active and fruitful life within society. The Israel Ministry of Defense Rehabilitation Department's occupational rehabilitation program includes assessment, professional guidance, training, and assistance integrating into employment. Aim: Examining predictors for the integration of Israel Defense Force veterans with disabilities into the workforce. Methods: All 1416 male veterans with disabilities who served in the military, were injured during their service, and were treated by the Israel Ministry of Defense Rehabilitation Department between 2001 and 2006 were included in this study. Data collection was based on computerized administrative data in the Ministry of Defense. The data was collected with no identifying details. Predictive variables were: Health condition, personal factors, participation factors, level of functioning and structure, and variables relating to the local environment. Results: Compared to a physical disability, mental and mixed (physical and mental) disabilities reduce the odds for integration into the workforce. Higher education at the time of the injury is an additional predictor for integration into the workforce. Participation in a rehabilitation track for further education to acquire a profession is one of the main predictors for integration into the workforce. Conclusion: The results may enable developing more accurate intervention plans, with more efficient use of resources, including consolidation of existing information systems and monitoring the processes and outcomes of rehabilitation.

Original languageAmerican English
Article number86
JournalIsrael Journal of Health Policy Research
Volume8
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 19 Dec 2019

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Keywords

  • Integration into the workforce
  • Israel Defense Force (IDF)
  • PTSD
  • Rehabilitation
  • Veterans with disabilities

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