Prognostic factors for time away from work among workers with chronic low-back pain: a systematic review update
Reasons for the study
Workers, employers and workers’ compensation boards have many questions about the impact of low-back pain (LBP) on return to work. The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) previously assessed the evidence on factors that predict duration of time away from work among workers who are at the beginning of a LBP-related episode. In 2005, IWH published a systematic review on prognostic factors for duration on sick leave due to acute low-back pain. This study expanded this systemic review by looking at the prognostic factors for duration on sick leave due to chronic low-back pain.
Objectives of the study
- To assess the evidence on factors that predict duration of time away from work by workers at the chronic stage of an episode of time away from work related to low-back pain
- To develop an evidence-based handbook to help direct return-to-work practices in the province of Manitoba
Related scientific publications
- Steenstra IA, Munhall C, Irvin E, Oranye N, Passmore S, Van Eerd D, Mahood Q, Hogg-Johnson S. Systematic review of prognostic factors for return to work in workers with sub acute and chronic low back pain. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation. 2017;27(3):369. doi:10.1007/s10926-016-9666-x.
Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba
Manitoba Workers Compensation Board, Workplace Safety & Insurance Board of Ontario's Research Advisory Council