Role of aging in return to work and stay at work: a systematic review

Reasons for the study

The aging workforce is leading to increased attention being paid to the health of aging workers. Reviews show that older workers’ health and well-being benefit from work participation in “good work.” This project synthesized the literature on return to work in older workers to identify factors that help them stay employed, avoid reinjury and successfully return to work. The project evaluated the success of existing interventions and proposed new areas of focus.

Objectives of the study

  • To summarize the effectiveness of interventions that help older injured workers successfully return to work
  • To summarize the factors that play a role in helping older injured workers successfully return to work so that these factors can be incorporated into the development of interventions

Related scientific publications

Project status

Completed 2017

Research team

  • Ivan Steenstra, Institute for Work & Health
  • Dorcas Beaton, Institute for Work & Health
  • Kim Cullen, Institute for Work & Health
  • Monique Gignac, Institute for Work & Health
  • Emma Irvin, Institute for Work & Health
  • Amin Yazdani, Institute for Work & Health
  • Patrick Loisel, University of Toronto
  • Greg McIntosh, CBI Health Group
  • Glenn Pransky, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety
  • Martine Puts, University of Toronto
  • Ross Wilkie, Keele University

Participating organizations

Ontario Workplace Safety & Insurance Board
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba

Funded by

Canadian Institutes of Health Research