Dialogue about Working Ability (DWA), provides a great deal of support both for the client and the occupational therapist in assessing the client’s ability to work and rehabilitating. The target group is people of working age. One starting point for the development of the DWA was the lack of tools to assess an individual’s ability to work, above all for the large number of people with long-term sick-leave and who, thereby, have no recent history of work experience and/or work situations to relate to.
DWA focuses on participation through an individual’s assessment of his/her ability to work, as well as in the dialogue with an occupational therapist on the results of self-assessment (34 questions) and the occupational therapist assessment. Repeated assessments can lead to changes in the client’s ability to work being traced in relation to the goals formulated in the rehabilitation programme.
DWA is based on A Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) and has, with favourable results, been subjected to trials concerning concepts’ validity and reliablity.