Highlights findings from research into how the health care industry helps employees who have experienced short term disability return to work, and makes suggestions as to how other sectors could learn from this approach.

The study identifies best practices in the health care sector for helping employees on short term disability return to work. It includes both a literature review that examines “several reports and articles on best RTW [Return to Work] practices in the health care sector” as well as information gleaned from interviews with disability management experts and health care sector employees, many of whom were “managers of their organizations’ RTW programs” (p.2). The authors explain that “the health care industry is of particular interest because of the wide variety of positions it fills and the high incidence rate of lost-time injuries or illnesses for nurses and other health care professionals” (p.1).

The authors begin “with background information on the relevance of the health care industry to job-related disability and RTW efforts and a description of [their] study methods” (p.1). This is followed by “an overview of the RTW processes used in the organizations where [they] conducted interviews [and]…findings related to staffing, transitional work, information sharing, and other promising practices” (p.1).

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