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Worker Role Interview
Transcript of Worker Role Interview
Worker with disability or illness
Client with poor work history
Worker Role Interview Questions (dependent on population)
Worker Role Summary Form
Worker Role Criterion Form
Work Role Interview Rating Form
Assessment takes 30 to 60 minutes
Grading assessment takes 10 to 15 minutes
5 Steps to completing the WRI
Assess the client's answers using a 4 point rating scale
Worker Role Interview
Based on the Model of Human Occupation
Focuses on an individuals need for work
Focuses on psychosocial factors that influence the person
Focuses on roles and performance skills needed to fulfill a job.
Physical and work capacity needed to sustain a job
By Ron Lee & Cheryl Wasiewski
5 Steps to the WRI
Prepare the interview
Conduct the interview
Conduct additional assessments
Use WRI results for discharge and/or way to measure change
4 Point Scoring Scale
4- Strongly supports (SS)
3- Supports (S)
2- Interferes (I)
1- Strongly interferes (SI)
1. Braveman, B., Robson, M., Velozo, C., Kielhofner, G., Fisher, G., Forsyth, K., & Kerschbaum, J. (2005).Worker role interview manual. (10th ed.). Chicago: University of Illinois at Chicago.
2. Ekbladh, E., Thorell, L. H., & Haglund, L. (2010). Return to work: the predictive value of the Worker Role Interview (WRI) over two years IOS Press. Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 35(2), 163-172. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2010-0968
3. Niedermann, K., Ko ̈ller, B., Klipstein, A., & Haugboelle, J. (2011). The psychometric properties of the german version of the new worker role interview (wri-g 10.0) in people with musculoskeletal disorders. IOS Press, Work: A journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation, 40, 401-410. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2011-1252
Assesses areas that impact a client’s occupational performance
Reflects on issues that prevent the person’s ability to work
Reflects issues that may cause the person to have a problem obtaining work.
Can be used as a means of measuring the person’s progress from initial evaluation to discharge evaluation.
High inter-rater reliability
Helps demonstrate clients ability to return to work
Shows Occupational Therapist's significant role in work related rehabilitation
• Clients perceptions of barriers to work
• Clients perceptions of work related abilities
Evaluating strengths and weaknesses of working
• Adaption of work environment