Job maintenance by supported employment: an overview of the "Supported Employment Plus" trial

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The number of days of absence from work associated with mental illness has risen dramatically in the past 10 years in Germany. Companies are challenged by this issue and seek help for the physical and mental health of their employees. Supported Employment concepts such as the Individual Placement and Support (IPS) model have been designed to bring jobless persons with mental disorders back to work. In the randomized, controlled SEplus trial, a modified IPS-approach is tested concerning its ability to shorten times of sick leave of persons with mental distress or a mental disorder and to prevent them from losing their job. The trial is outlined in this study protocol.
Original languageEnglish
Article number140
JournalFrontiers in Public Health
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 26.05.2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors would like to thank Nils-Torge Telle for his strong support. Many thanks to Neele T. Garbers, Kathrin Hornung, Katrin Leder, and Nicola Niemeyer who worked as job coaches in the project and to Katrin Blanke and Bettina Baertsch for helping to establish Supported Employment in Lüneburg. This study was funded by the European Funds for Regional Development and by the Federal State of Lower Saxony within the framework of the Innovation Incubator at the Leuphana University of Luneburg.

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © 2015 Kawohl, Moock, Heuchert and Rössler.

    Research areas

  • supported employment, job maintenance, individual placement and support, mental health, sickness absence
  • Health sciences