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Understanding the process of rehabilitation and returning to work in the context of intercultural relations


This study seeks to better understand and define the issue of intercultural relations in the context of rehabilitation and return to work. It will identify strategies used by various practitioners (rehabilitation counselors, workplace representatives, clinicians, etc.) to overcome possible language, cultural and other barriers and maximize their clients’ return to work potential. The researchers wish to define specific needs, constraints or obstacles, as well as factors facilitating the return-to-work process from the perspective of each category of practitioner.

The study will also identify the OHS, rehabilitation and return to work trajectories of the targeted workers. The researchers intend to determine turning points in the rehabilitation and return-to-work process, specific forms of interaction in which problems may have arisen or, conversely, solutions were found and obstacles overcome.

Overall, this study will identify new intervention strategies and make practitioners aware of the issue of cultural differences and the potential effects on the rehabilitation and return-to-work process.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2010-0037
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2017
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Daniel Côté (IRSST)
  • Sylvie Gravel (Université du Québec à Montréal )
  • Bob White (Université de Montréal)
  • Danielle Gratton (Hôpital Juif de réadaptation)