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

Preliminary assessment of a rehabilitation program designed to promote the return to work of people suffering from musculoskeletal pain and depression


The currently available data suggest that symptoms of depression among workers suffering from musculoskeletal pain are associated with poorer rehabilitation results.

The aim of this study is to assess a rehabilitation program specifically designed to target psychosocial risk factors among people unable to work due to musculoskeletal pain and depression. The progressive goal attainment program (PGAP) involves one meeting a week for up to 10 weeks with an occupational therapist, then with a psychotherapist, to work on functional restoration.

Such a standardized approach to disabilities associated with musculoskeletal pain and depression could lead to a significant reduction in the suffering of workers and help cut costs related to extended absences from work.