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This Changed My Practice: The Risks of Worklessness

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​Research on worklessness has revealed that the relative risk of increased mortality for being unemployed is greater than that of many chronic diseases, smoking, and poverty.  This webinar will look at some of that research, with a view to how it pertains to the everyday practice of family doctors.

You will learn

  • Risks of worklessness for morbidity and mortality.
  • What studies have shown on effects of worklessness on specific diseases.
  • Policy statements from the CMA and other world bodies on the responsibility of physicians to encourage return of patients to function and work.
  • Recommendations on timing of rehabilitation.

Take Home Messages

  • Being unemployed carries high relative risks for increased mortality.
  • Worklessness is also associated with increased rates of suicide, obesity, heart attack, depression, alcohol abuse, drug abuse, accidents, poverty, alienation and criminality.
  • Family doctors can help their patients to avoid this by promoting functionality and timely rehabilitation, as well as appropriate encouragement for a safe  and sustainable return to work.


​Taryl Felhaber, BA BS MSc MBChB CCFP NCMP FCFP​

Medical Advisor, WorkSafeBC and Clinical Instructor, Department of Family Medicine, UBC

Dr. Taryl Felhaber graduated in medicine from the University of Cape Town (South Africa) in 1993. She has worked in emergency medicine, sports medicine, family practice, medical and radiation oncology (GPO), pain management, palliative care, and occupational medicine.  Her most recent employment is as a medical advisor for WorkSafeBC.  She obtained the NAMS certified menopause practitioner designation in 2009, and she is a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Family Medicine at UBC.  Prior work experience before medical school included positions as a research chemist, hydrogeologist, geochemist, and project manager in environmental consulting.



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