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Workplace Based Return-to-Work Programs Mar 15th, 2014
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Employers, insurers and workers’ groups have expressed a growing interest in return-to-work (RTW) interventions after injury or illness. As disability management is increasingly being integrated into employers’ and insurers’ mandates, there has been a focus on workplace-based RTW interventions. This paper is a systematic review conducted to review the effectiveness of workplacebased RTW interventions. There was strong evidence that work disability duration is significantly reduced by work accommodation offers and contact between healthcare provider and workplace;and moderate evidence that it is reduced by interventions which include early contact with worker by workplace, ergonomic work site visits, and presence of a RTW coordinator.

Conclusions: This systematic review provides the evidence base supporting that workplace-based RTW interventions can reduce work disability duration and associated costs. 

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