The Institute for Work & Health have released findings from a research project studying the role health-care provider’s play in the worker’s compensation system and the return-to-work process.

The multi-jurisdictional study included interviews with 97 health-care providers and 34 case managers, focusing on health-care providers’ experiences within the workers’ compensation system and their role in the RTW process. Through document analysis and interviews, the study sought to answer three broad questions:

  • What is the role of health-care providers in the workers’ compensation system and in the RTW process?
  • What challenges do health-care professionals face?
  • What can help engage health-care professionals in the workers’ compensation and RTW process?

The IWH report answers these questions based upon the study’s findings, and offers suggestions about practices and policies that can clarify the role of health-care providers and make workers’ compensation systems.

Final Report:

If you have questions about the executive summary, or want permission to reprint the report, please contact:

Institute for Work & Health
481 University Avenue, Suite 800
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E9

International research has generated strong evidence that health-care providers have a key role in the return-to-work (RTW) process.

Melissa Manzutti / WCB Administrator / PEO Canada