Mental disorders and work integration: A retrospective study in a Northern Italian town

Chiara Buizza, Rosaria Pioli, Sara Lecchi, Chiara Bonetto, Anna Bartoli, Renzo Taglietti, Alberto Ghilardi, Eugenio Riva

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Objectives: The present study was conducted in a vocational integration service of a northern Italian town with two major aims: to assess vocational integration programs undertaken from 1st January 2004 to 1 st January 2007; and to identify job tenure-associated predictors. Methods: This is a retrospective study; we collected data such as gender, age, duration, type and outcome of the vocational integration program, and number of interventions performed by the vocational integration service. Self-report questionnaires were also used to assess the satisfaction of users, caregivers, practitioners, and of the company contacts involved in the study. Results: The service has enrolled 84 users during the observation period. Out of these users, 64.3% of them still had their jobs after three years. Users, caregivers and company contacts expressed high levels of satisfaction for the support received by the vocational integration service. The company expressed less satisfaction for the collaboration received by the Departments of Mental Health (DMHs) that coached the users. The only variable associated to the outcome was the number of interventions that the users received before their placement on the job. Conclusions: Despite all the limits of this study, its results show that the chance of taking advantage of a supported job placement service has likely proven itself effective in helping people with mental disorders to obtain and maintain a competitive employment. Our results, however, also point to the necessity of implementing newer strategies meant to develop a greater integration among all services dealing with mentally ill people.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)9-17
Number of pages9
JournalClinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • Job tenure
  • Mental disorders
  • Outpatients
  • Retrospective study
  • Satisfaction
  • Vocational integration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Epidemiology

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Buizza, C., Pioli, R., Lecchi, S., Bonetto, C., Bartoli, A., Taglietti, R., Ghilardi, A., & Riva, E. (2014). Mental disorders and work integration: A retrospective study in a Northern Italian town. Clinical Practice and Epidemiology in Mental Health, 10, 9-17.