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

Study of mechanisms hindering and facilitating the return to work of workers who have had knee arthroplasty


Osteoarthrosis of the knee currently affects more than 10% of Canadian adults and it is estimated that in the next 30 years, close to 30% of the working population will have trouble working due to this condition. There is no cure for osteoarthrosis, but pain management can help maintain a good level of activity and comfort.

Knee arthroplasty, or total replacement of the joint with a prothesis, is an invasive treatment that, from 2008 to 2009, increased 139% compared to the last decade. However, the scientific literature contains no data on the rehabilitation trajectory or factors facilitating or hindering the return to work or continued employment of these individuals.

The purpose of this project is to describe arthroplasty patients’ representations of their health, their problems returning or continuing to work and the effectiveness of treatments intended to facilitate a return to work. Current work rehabilitation practices for this population, work environment-related stressors and factors facilitating or hindering a return to work will also be investigated.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2013-0095
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2019
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Marie-France Coutu (Centre d'Action en Prévention et Réadaptation de l'incapacité au Travail)
  • Nathaly Gaudreault (Centre d'Action en Prévention et Réadaptation de l'incapacité au Travail)
  • Marie-Eve Major (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Iuliana Nastasia (IRSST)
  • Annie Deshaies (Université de Sherbrooke)
  • Réjean Dumais (Université de Sherbrooke)