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Citation:  Schultz, I., Stowell, A., Feuerstein, M., & Gatchel, R. (2007). Models of return to work for musculoskeletal disorders. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 17 (2), 327-352.
Title:  Models of return to work for musculoskeletal disorders
Authors:  Schultz, I., Stowell, A., Feuerstein, M., & Gatchel, R.
Year:  2007
Journal/Publication:  Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
Publisher:  Springer Science + Business Media
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Peer-reviewed?  Yes
NIDILRR-funded?  No
Research design:  Literature review

Structured abstract:

Background:  Musculoskeletal disorders are costly, painful, and commonly researched in regards to their effects on the workplace. Despite the body of research on these injuries or diseases of the muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, cartilage, or spinal disks there is a lack of return to work (RTW) models in the literature. Many different fields have contributed to the body of research in this area but solidification of a model is necessary.
Purpose:  The purpose of this study is to review the literature for development of a RTW model for musculoskeletal disorders.
Findings:  Biomedical science states that the RTW designation should be made by the treating physician. The psychological field works with many different behavioral patterns and determinants of RTW. Case management and economic determinants of RTW are a complex phenomenon of multiple social systems.
Conclusions:  Future development of RTW models for musculoskeletal conditions remains a goal that will incorporate many different fields.