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