IRSST - Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail

Design, implementation and evaluation of an integrated program of practices for supporting a return to work following an absence due to a mental health problem


Mental health problems in the workplace are a new reality in several environments and represent one of the most common causes of absenteeism. Little research has been devoted to the professional rehabilitation of workers who have had to interrupt their work due to a mental health problem, despite the need expressed by both public and private employers. In collaboration with all interested parties, the scientists will conceive, implement and evaluate an integrated program of return-to-work support practices. Such a program could prevent an increase in absenteeism due to psychological health problems, and promote a sustainable professional reintegration for the people affected. The approach, transferable to other workplaces, aims to obtain realistic results through improved reintegration practices involving organizational changes.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 0099-5390
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2011
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Louise St-Arnaud (Université Laval)
  • Marie-José Durand (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Catherine Briand (Université de Montréal)
  • Micheline St-Jean (Université de Montréal)
  • Marc Corbière (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Renée Bourbonnais (Université Laval)
  • Marie-France Lafond (Université Laval)
  • Nathalie Gauthier (Université Laval)