Work Disability

Work Disability Facts

  • A 12-week injury-related absence from work, reduces the likelihood of a person ever returning to work by 50%.1
  • Family physicians’ medical curriculum does not include prevention and management of disability. 2,3
  • Worklessness negatively impacts an individual's physical and mental health.4

Below are a number of links to helpful tools and other resources and to documents with more information about preventing unnecessary work absences due to a variety of factors.

1ACOEM Guideline (2006). Preventing needless disability by helping people stay employed. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 48, 972-987. 
2Black, C. (2008). Working for a healthier tomorrow. London: The Stationery Office. 
3University of British Columbia, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Family Practice Post-Graduate Program. Overview of program: retrieved December, 2012 
4Waddell, G., Burton, A. K., (2006). Is work good for your health and well-being? London, The Stationery Office.

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