This book offers a state-of-the-art integrative and critical review of the conceptual, methodological, and practical aspects of work disability prevention.
_This book addresses the developing field of Work Disability Prevention. Work disability does not only involve occupational disorders originating from the work or at the workplace, but addresses work absenteeism originating from any disorder or accident. This topic has become of primary importance due to the huge compensation costs and health issues involved. For employers it is a unique burden and in many countries compensation is not even linked to the cause of the disorder. In the past twenty years, studies have accumulated which emphasize the social causes of work disability. Governments and NGOs such as the World Bank, the International Labor Organization, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development have produced alarming reports on the extent of this problem for developed and developing countries. However, no comprehensive book is presently available to help them address this emerging field where new knowledge should induce new ways of management._
Sickness (absence) and disability: the international perspective.- The work disabled patient.- Work absenteeism and productivity loss at work.- Measuring the Burden of Work Disability.-Work disability: revealing its public health implications.-Models in WDP.-Measurement of outcomes in WDP.-Pain, chronicity and disability.-Methodological Issues in Work Disability Prevention Research.-Psychosocial factors for work disability and return-to-work.-Workplace issues .-Public insurance systems: a comparison of cause-based and disability-based income support systems.- The role and influence of care providers on work disability.-Understanding work disability systems and intervening upstream.-Tools for assessing work disability.-Predicting return to work for workers with low-back pain.-Mental health problems and mental disorders - Linked determinants to work participation and work functioning.-Cancer Survivorship and Work.- Specific disorder-linked determinants: Traumatic Brain Injury.-Clinical interventions to reduce work disability in workers with musculoskeletal disorders or mental health problems.-Workplace interventions.-Sickness and disability policy interventions.-Cost-effectiveness of interventions for prevention of work disability.-Informing the Public: Preventing Work Disability and Fostering Behavioral Change at the Societal Level.-Return to Work Stakeholders\' Perspectives on Work Disability.-Core components of return-to-work interventions.-Identifying local obstacles and facilitators of implementation.-Education and Training in Work Disability Prevention.- Theories of WDP.
From the book reviews:
"This fairly exhaustive book on work disability discusses theories, determinants, diagnosis, issues, and prevention measures. ... Numerous tables and figures help clarify the text. ... This book covers a lot of ground, in both theory and practice, and is easy to read. It will be of great benefit to clinicians, administrators, and researchers." (Gary B. Kaniuk, Doody\'s Book Reviews, January, 2015)