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

Validation of the questionnaire "Obstacles to Returning to Work and Self-Efficacy In Overcoming Them" (ORTESES) among Workers with a Musculoskeletal Disorder or a Transient Mental Disorder.


An inability to work can arise as a result of various health problems, the most prevalent of which are those related to musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) and transitory mental disorders (TMDs), and result in significant human and financial costs. Several studies have been conducted to identify the factors and obstacles to be considered when people with MSDs or TMDs return to work. Moreover, the concept of obstacles, and that of self-efficacy in overcoming them, emerge as crucial considerations in improving interventions with these individuals and facilitating their return to work.

The main objective of this study is to validate a tool entitled "Obstacles to Returning to Work and Self-Efficacy In Overcoming Them" (ORTESES) among individuals with MSDs or TMDs in the process of returning to work and enrolled in a rehabilitation clinic in Quebec or Ontario, or in an occupational health medical service in France. ORTESES will provide clinicians with the possibility of establishing a systematic response plan to facilitate the successful return to work of these individuals, while reducing the risk of relapse.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2010-0069
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2016
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Marc Corbière (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Marie-José Durand (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Louise Saint-Arnaud (Université Laval)
  • Catherine Briand (Université de Montréal)
  • Jean-Baptiste Fassier (Université de Lyon)
  • Patrick Loisel (Université de Toronto)