Seven “Principles” for Successful Return to Work

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Published: January 2007

What do employers need to do to enhance a worker’s return to work (RTW) after an injury or illness? The evidence-based advice contained in Seven “Principles” for Successful Return to Work provides some answers. The principles are based on an Institute for Work & Health (IWH) systematic review of RTW studies, which identified the elements contributing to a successful return to work.  

Who should use the guide

Seven “Principles” for Successful Return to Work will be of value to all workplaces parties involved in the return-to-work process: employers, supervisors, disability managers, return-to-work coordinators, human resources and workers’ compensation staff, union and worker representatives, occupational health physicians and nurses, and more. It will also be of value to consultants, clinicians and policy-makers who support the workplace parties in developing sound RTW programs and procedures.