System-based return-to-work and disability management interventions: a systematic review
Reasons for the study
Over the last decade, the Institute for Work & Health has produced a series of systematic reviews on what workplace-based policies, practices and approaches support return to work (RTW) and recovery for injured and/or ill workers. However, important information gaps remain regarding the effects of regulatory, system-based strategies focused on disability management. This project seeks to address this knowledge gap by conducting a systematic review of the literature that answers this specific research question: What system-based RTW and work disability management/support interventions are effective in assisting workers with musculoskeletal, mental health and pain-related conditions with their return to work and recovery after a period of work absence?
Objectives of the study
- To conduct a systematic review of the research evidence on system-based RTW and disability management interventions
- To create an evidence-informed practical guide to support RTW and recovery for musculoskeletal, pain-related and mental health conditions based on the findings from this systematic review on system-based strategies and a related systematic review update on workplace-based strategies
Based on the system-based and related workplace-based systematic reviews, workplace and system stakeholders responsible for return to work and disability management will be kept abreast of the latest research on what makes RTW programs effective.
BC Federation of Labour
BC Trucking Association
Centre for Research on Work Disability Policy
National Institute of Disability Management and Research