Work-related disability is an increasingly important issue to organizations, in terms of cost, competitiveness, and social and ethical issues. Changes in the nature of disability arising from the evolution of work calls for a new approach to this understudied topic.
Significant developments have taken place in linking injury events with subsequent primary prevention efforts, in engaging key stakeholders in effective pre-injury prevention and post-injury disability management efforts, and in exploring company-level interventions, regulatory interventions, and economic incentives. These issues are examined and brought together to form a unique, evidence-based, state-of-the-art research work revealing what works best in preventing workplace disability.
Preventing and Managing Disabling Injury at Work examines the changing nature of the workplace and work force, and includes the newest information on effective early and staged multi-modal interventions in the workplace. The text also explores psychological risk perception, and the essential linking of the workplace, clinician, insurer, and worker in the recovery process and in the prevention of subsequent disability events.
This volume assembles a group of active researchers in the field of work-related disability from North America and Australia, many of whom manage interactive programs of work through HealNet, a health research network funded by Industry Canada. Well-illustrated with case studies and practical examples, much of the book focuses on the common musculoskeletal disabilities and 'regional disorders' along with other broader applications.
"[This book] covers virtually every conceivable aspect of the subject. … In the 226 tightly woven pages of this book, there is something for the student, the researcher and the practitioner alike. … I have already used information form the book, so the simple advice is to get yourself a copy."
- Health and Safety at Work, Aug. 2004
Disability at Work: Ministering Solutions for a Wicked Problem
John Frank and Terrence Sullivan
UNDERSTANDING RISK FACTORS IN INJURY AND RETURN TO WORK
Risk Factors for Musculoskeletal Injury at Work
Mickey Kerr and Robert Norman
Critical Factors in Recovery and Return to Work
Renée-Louise Franche and Niklas Krause
RETURN TO WORK: NEW APPROACHES
Worker Accommodation, Clinical Intervention and Return to Work
Patrick Loisel and Marie José Durand
Injury Prevention and Return to Work: Breaking Down the Solitudes
Annalee Yassi, Aleck Ostry, and Jerry Spiegel
Stakeholder Views of Return to Work after Occupational Injury
Jaime Guzman, John Frank, Susan Stock, Annalee Yassi, and Patrick Loisel
STAKEHOLDER ENGAGEMENT IN INTERVENTION PROGRAMS
Role of the Media in Disability Management
Rachelle Buchbinder, Damien Jolley, and Mary Wyatt
Stakeholder Engagement in the Control of Repetitive Strain Injury
Michael Polanyi and Donald Cole
Evidence-Based Ergonomic Interventions in the Manufacturing Sector
FROM EVIDENCE TO POLICY AND PRACTICE
Preventing Work-Related Disability: Lessons from Washington
Robert Mootz, Gary Franklin, and Thomas Wickizer
Economic Incentives and Workplace Safety
Rugulatory Approaches to Preventing Workplace Injury