Working Together: Successful strategies for return to work

Cover of Working Together book, including three photos of workers in varying work situations
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Published: January 2008

This evidence-based tool, developed by the Institute for Work & Health in collaboration with the Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists and College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario, is designed for occupational therapists in work practice. Drawing from the popular Seven “Principles” for Successful Return to Work, this tool consolidates the principles into four stages reflecting occupational therapy practice processes. 

Who should use the tool

The tool is designed to provide a basis for dialogue between occupational therapists and workplace parties, assisting them in collaboratively developing more successful workplace-based return-to-work (RTW) programs. For each stage in the RTW process, the tool outlines the questions asked by employers and the workplace parties, as well as the role of occupational therapists in helping answer these questions based on the research evidence.