- RTW overview
- Information for employees
- Return to work information
- Getting the best health care
- Information for treaters
- Information for employers
On Giving Advice to People Who Are Coping with Disability / Impairment at Home or Work (US – Webility)
Advice on giving advice to an ill or injured person written by Dr Jennifer Christian. Covers 'getting back in the saddle', 'activity prescriptions' among other things.
Returning to work. - The CentriX Method
A Canadian disability management and rehabilitation service company suggests an approach to understanding work related disability based on a worker's attitudes and beliefs about illness, injury and disability.
“You cannot solve the same problem with the same thinking that created It.” – Albert Einstein
First understand the thinking. The article then provides information on the 'Six Principles of Ethical Influence'
WORK & HEALTH (UK – Waddell and Burton)
Changing how we think about common health problems in healthcare, the workplace and in society. 'Work is generally good for health and well-being'Executive summary of publication changing how we think about common health problems in healthcare, the workplace and in society. 'Work is generally good for health and well-being'
Facilitators and Barriers to Return to Work: A Literature Review (Australia – ReturntoWorkSA)
Work disability and return-to-work are multi-determined outcomes that cannot be accurately predicted just from knowledge of the medical or physical dimensions of the injury or condition.
Reducing Disability Days: Healing More Than The Injury (US – Dr Jennifer Christian, webility.md )
A comprehensive article about medically unnecessary disability and the interplay of the non medical features that result in lost productive time. The article describes these features and offers pointers to overcome them.
Are People with Disability at Risk at Work - A Review of the Evidence (Australia – Safety and Compensation Council)
This report shows that workers with a disability are not an increased occupational health and safety risk. Workers with a disability have on average, a lower number of OHS incidents and lower workers’ compensation costs. Contrary to common perceptions by employers that people with disability pose an increased OHS risk, this research shows that the opposite is true.
A Guide for Managing Return to Work
(Canada -Human Rights Commission)
An excellent 3 part guide. Part 1 Key Legal Principles. Part 2 Step-by-step Guidelines for Managing the Return to Work and Part 3 Case Studies contain universally useful information and handy tips for managing return to work.
Overview of the American guideline for the prevention of work disability (US – Dr Jennifer Christian)
By Lead Author Dr Jennifer Christian. The document addresses: The ill or injured individual’s personal adjustment (coping) process. The medical care process. The benefits administration process. The reasonable accommodation process under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Concepts of Rehabilitation for the Management of Common Health Problems (UK – Waddell & Burton)
'The stereotype of disability is a severe medical condition with objective evidence of disease and permanent physical or mental impairment.... In fact, most sickness absence and long-term incapacity for work and premature retirement on medical grounds are now caused by less severe conditions.' This report by Gordon Waddell and A Kim Burton for the Department for Work and Pensions, UK reviews the evidence and offers conclusion on the best rehabilitation approaches.
INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES
Return to work information
Off work sick and worried about your job? (UK – Health and Safety Executive)
Steps you can take to help your return to work. Useful PDF advises ill & injured workers of best practice to speed return to work.
The benefits of returning to work (Australia - Workcover Tasmania)
An information sheet on the importance of returning to work, and how employers and doctors can assist in the process, as well as how workers can help themselves.
Getting the best health care
Questions Are The Answer – Getting more involved with your health care (US – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality)
This site offers tips on how to get the most out of your health care, including preparing for appointments, building your own list of questions to ask and tips on preventing medical errors.
Glossary of workers’ compensation terms for injured workers (US)
Health Insite (Australia – Aust Government)
A-Z of health topics, conditions and diseases, health and wellbeing, life stage and events.
INFORMATION FOR TREATERS
Return to Work is good medicine (Canada – WorkSafe BC)
Written for Physicians this document provides concise background information on return to work. Focuses on 'return to work as good medicine' and 'work as therapy'. WorkSafe, British Columbia
Advising patients about work (UK – Working for Health)
GPs are in a unique position to provide patients with evidence-based advice about work. A concise summary of the most important evidence-based advice GPs can offer.
Online physician education and training services to prevent work disability (US - Webility)
A US internet-based accredited medical education (CME) for physicians and other clinicians on the topic of disability prevention, mitigation and management.
Clinical framework for the delivery of health services to injured workers (Australia – WorkSafe Victoria)
Guiding principles for the provision of health services to workers with a work related condition.
Returning to work after an injury (Australia - RACGP)
An article from The Australian Family Physician publication, providing guiding principles for the assessment and early treatment phase of injury, focussing on rehabilitation and return to work.
INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYERS
Worker's Compensation Programs: Attitudes & Behaviours (US – Bill Gilmour, Risk Management Society)
The simple things do not cost much, like taking a just-injured worker to the doctor's office, periodically calling injured employees to check on their condition, or sending cards or flowers to let them know they are missed.
Workplace-based Return-To-Work Interventions (Canada – Institute for Work & Health)
An evidence based review of the literature which includes results and recommendations. 'We are now confident in sharing evidence-based knowledge about “what works” in RTW and under what conditions.
What works at work? (UK – Darcy Hill, Daniel Lucy, Claire Tyers, Laura James, Institute of Employment Studies)
Review of evidence assessing the effectiveness of workplace interventions to prevent and manage common health problems.