Employer strategies for preventing mental health related work disability: a scoping review

Publication type
Journal article
Authors
Gensby U Limborg HJ Mahood Q Stahl C Albertsen K
Date published
2019 Mar 01
Journal
Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies
Volume
9
Issue
1
Pages
57-101
Open Access?
Yes
Abstract

This study examined Nordic research on psychosocial work environment and disability management, specifically employer strategies for preventing work disability in common mental disorders (CMDs). A scoping review was performed to identify strategies across several research databases, alongside contact with content experts, hand-searching of non-indexed journals, and internet searches. Identification and selection of relevant studies, charting of data, and collating and summarizing of results was done using a six-step framework for conducting scoping reviews. Several key elements and knowledge gaps were identified in current prevention approaches and workplace initiatives across the included studies. We propose a program theory for workplace prevention of CMD-related work disability. The program theory may help specify employer strategies, and bridge activities with stakeholders outside the workplace