Work Disability Program

The purpose of this initiative was to help physicians achieve more effective disability management for patients on medical leave from work. UBC CPD, in partnership with BC Collaborative for Disability Prevention (BCCDP), developed physician focused education to support and improve patient care in the field of workplace disability.

In 2013, UBC CPD piloted the Physician Education Program on Managing Workplace Disability (PEP-MD), in collaboration with BCCDP and WorkSafeBC, across multiple BC communities. The program involved a multimodal education strategy to help primary care physicians work with their patients to set reasonable expectations about staying at work (SAW) or returning to work (RTW), to prevent or mitigate unnecessarily prolonged work absences and about the consequent effects on health and well-being. Five small group, case-based workshops were successfully delivered across BC communities as part of the pilot. In addition, a webinar series was offered between January and May 2013 that reached more than 250 participants.

Based on the success of the pilot program, UBC CPD expanded this educational opportunity to 10 additional communities across BC between late 2015 and early 2016. The second offering of the program included an online module component in place of the previous webinar series and continued to offer the well-received case-based workshops within select communities.

Although the program is not offering live programs currently, we invite physicians to complete the self-paced online module. More information about the module, including learning objectives, is included below.

Online Module 

An online module was developed based on the content of the webinar series from the pilot program (see Resources) to provide primary care practitioners some basic principles of work disability prevention prior to attending the in-person workshop. The objectives of the online module are to:

  • Consider the rationale and evidence for preventing needless work disability
  • Describe the role of the health provider in preventing needless work disability
  • Define and appropriately use the terms related to work disability
  • Employ communication tools to effectively counsel patients about work disability

For more information about the module and to sign up and access the course material, go to​

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