Impact of job characteristics on return-to-work interval following arthroscopic partial meniscectomy


return to work; sick leave; telework; job characteristics; arthroscopic meniscectomy

Published online: May 03 2022

Jef Van Doninck, Dries Van Doninck, Lyndon Sprenghers, Elke Peeters, Marc Du Bois

From the AZ St-Dimpna hospital Geel, Belgium


The aim of this paper was to investigate whether job characteristics are associated with time interval for return to former professional activity (return to work, RTW) after arthroscopic partial meniscectomy (APM). A retrospective study was carried out in a sample of 63 patients in working age who underwent an APM between July 2018 and July 2020. The following preoperative characteristics were assessed: age at surgery, meniscal side, sex, physical job demands (white versus blue collar worker), telework and work status (salaried versus self- employed). A linear regression analysis was used to study the association between job characteristics and RTW interval adjusted for socio-demographic and medical (meniscal side) factors. Telework was most strongly associated with interval for RTW (p <0,001, adjusted R Square: 20,8). The results suggested that telework supports early RTW independently of sociodemographic and medical factors. This study supported the need for a tailormade approach in the prescription of sick leave.