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Understanding the Core Components of Return-to-Work Programmes for Individuals with Musculoskeletal Disorders

August 11, 2014 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Recorded in August, 2014


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The handbook referenced by Katia in her presentation is Handbook of Work Disability: Prevention and Management, Patrick Loisel & Johannes Anema, Springer 2013, chapter 26 Core components of return to work interventions.

Several multi-component return-to-work interventions for workers with musculoskeletal disorders have been proven effective. Better research utilization of these evidence-based interventions depends on the knowledge of the essential components that must be delivered as close as possible of their original format (fidelity).

However, given the complexity of the interventions, the variety of study designs and the lack of description of intervention content and theory, it remains challenging to identify and consequently to replicate what is universally recognized as effective intervention components.

This webinar will present the results of a collaborative knowledge synthesis project on core components of return-to-work interventions for workers with musculoskeletal disorders.

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During this webinar, attendees will:

  • Become familiar with some of the available methods used by researchers to extract effective intervention components
  • Learn about the supporting evidence for a number of intervention components targeting the individual, the workplace and the stakeholders
  • Learn about the current gaps on return-to-work intervention and implementation research


 Kátia M. Costa-Black, PT, M.Sc., PhD

Dr. Costa-Black is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Health Systems and Public Health at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Prior to assuming this role, she was a post-doctoral fellow at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto where she received a CIHR Knowledge Synthesis grant to investigate the core components of return-to-work intervention and implementation. She is also a mentor of the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Work Disability Prevention held annually at the University of Toronto. A physiotherapist and ergonomist by training, Kátia’s scientific interests and publications span the areas of program implementation, program evaluation and evidence synthesis related to the field of work disability prevention.

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