IRSST publication

Douleur, dépression, incapacité et résultats de la réadaptation

(Pain, Depression, Disability and Rehabilitation Outcomes)

Sullivan, Michael J.L.; Simmonds, Maureen; Velly, Ana
Études et recherches / Rapport  R-686, Montréal, IRSST, 2011, 42 pages.

English version available : R-675

Project: La relation entre les symptômes de dépression et le faible taux de réadaptation des travailleurs souffrant de troubles musculo-squelettiques

Champ: Occupational Rehabilitation


The main aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between symptoms of depression and the results of rehabilitation in workers who have suffered musculoskeletal injuries. More than 200 people participated, at the start, in the middle and at the end of a rehabilitation program, in tests related to depression, to pain intensity, to catastrophizing thoughts and to the fear of performing a movement. They also answered an interview 12 months after the end of the treatments. The results indicate that depression has a negative impact on a person’s response to rehabilitation and his return to work. In this report, the authors discuss the processes by which depression could influence chronic disability and the results of a rehabilitation program. They also address the clinical implications of the results obtained.



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Research results presentations (2010)

(In French only)

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are the leading cause of sick leave (WHO, 2003). Recent research suggests that depressive symptoms may contribute to chronicity following an occupational injury. The aim of this study is to examine the prog ...

Michael  Sullivan,  professeur, Université McGill

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