The role of physicians in return to work

International research has generated strong evidence that physicians can play an important role in the return-to-work (RTW) process. This research also suggests that physicians may struggle managing return-to-work consultations. Time requirements, administrative challenges and limited knowledge about a patient’s workplace can thwart active engagement.

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has launched a two-year study focusing on the experience of physicians within the workers’ compensation system and their role in the RTW process. The research team is currently interviewing physicians and workers' compensation case managers to learn more about the role of physicians in RTW after injury or illness.

Are you a physician practicing in British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario or Newfoundland and Labrador?

Have you seen at least one patient with a work-related injury or illness in the last year?

Tell us about treating injured workers and dealing with workers’ compensation issues!  Learn more here.

Are you a current or former workers’ compensation case manager with experience in these provinces?

Help us understand the role of physicians in the return-to-work process!  Learn more here.