The role of physicians in return to work: Case managers' page

Workers’ compensation case managers are invited to participate in an interview to help us understand the physician's role in the return-to-work (RTW) process. If you work or worked as a case manager in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario or Newfoundland and Labrador, we'd like to interview you!

About the interview

The interview will be one-on-one with a researcher from the Institute for Work & Health (by telephone or in person). You will receive an honorarium to thank you for your time.

We are interested in hearing about what you see as the role of physicians in RTW; about the RTW process in general; about your experience working with other stakeholders in the system (employers, other health-care providers, etc.) and about any challenges or surprising things you have encountered around the role of physicians in the RTW process. We are also interested in how you use medical evidence. Most of the questions are open-ended so it is up to you what you share and what you do not.

Do I need to inform my manager or co-workers that I am participating? It is up to you to decide whom you choose to inform. Unless your employer, manager or co-worker referred you to this study, they won’t know you participated (see privacy and confidentiality, below). We are happy to conduct the interview outside of regular working hours to further ensure your privacy.

Risks: There are no known significant risks associated with participating in this study. You can refuse to answer any question, and are only asked to volunteer information that you wish to share. We will keep all information you provide confidential.

Benefits: At the end of the study, we will provide you with a lay summary of the research findings. As someone working in this field, you may find this information useful in your day-to-day work. We will also remunerate you for your time.

This project has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance through, the University of Toronto Health Sciences Ethics Committee.

Please call us toll-free to find out more: 1-855-884-1416

Or e-mail the study coordinator, Marni Lifshen: mlifshen@iwh.on.ca