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Development of possible supervisors actions to support the sustainable return to work of workers who have suffered from work-related musculoskeletal disorders


Musculoskeletal disorders remain a major occupational health problem in industrialized countries. The consequences of a workplace disability are a substantial burden for organizations, workers and their families. The research on measures to prevent long-term disability demonstrates the importance of the involvement and cooperation of all stakeholders in the healthcare system, insurance providers and business.

This research will study the return-to-work process in an enterprise, with the primary objective of suggesting courses of action that will help workers’ supervisors prevent long-term disability.

This activity will contribute to a better understanding of the role of supervisor in the sustained prevention of long-term workplace disabilities. The courses of action to take could be the subject of a larger project of validation and coaching in various contexts and sectors of activity. Ultimately, the results will contribute to helping workers to return to and remain at work following a musculoskeletal disorder.

Additional Information

Type: Project
Number: 2014-0011
Status: Completed
Year of completion: 2019
Research Field: Occupational Rehabilitation
  • Iuliana Nastasia (IRSST)
  • Marie-France Coutu (Centre d'Action en Prévention et Réadaptation de l'incapacité au Travail)