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

Development of a systematic approach for identifying the determinants of occupational disability related to the work and psychological health of workers in a target sector


While several work environments are affected by the inability of personnel to remain on the job or to return to it due to psychological problems, the resulting high rate of absenteeism in the public service is a concern, mainly in the current context of manpower shortages. Consequently, an in-depth evaluation of the determining factors of this disability is necessary. This study will attempt to identify them so that solutions can then be found and action taken regarding the mental health of the employees affected. It consists of developing and validating an investigation tool for establishing the prevalence and distribution of psychological distress and “presenteeism” in civil servants, as well as performing ergonomic observation to describe the workload and its determining factors. Other organizational environments can then use the resulting method to better understand the determining factors of disability.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 0099-7710
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2010
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Marie-France Coutu (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Marie-José Durand (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Marc Corbière (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Patrick Loisel (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Iuliana Nastasia (IRSST)
  • Marie-Elise Labrecque (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Sara Petigrew (Université de Sherbrooke)