A cost-benefit analysis of gradual return-to-work for workers with a work-acquired musculoskeletal disorder

Project number: 
17-147
Approval date: 
Thursday, November 23, 2017
Principal Investigator: 
Maas,Esther
Institution: 
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Funding Agency: 
Not Available
Datasets requested: 
Medical Services Plan (BC Ministry of Health)
Consolidation - demographic (Ministry of Health)
Deaths (BC Vital Statistics Agency)
Consolidation registry (Ministry of Health)
PharmaNet
Hospital Separations (BC Ministry of Health)
consolidation - census geocodes
Research objective: 

The key research questions for the program of research:

1. Which return-to-work trajectories (describing episodes of work and health over the long-term, including episodes of gradual-return-to-work, can be identified for workers with a work-acquired musculoskeletal disorder?

2. What worker, employer, compensation system, and health system level characteristics are associated with return-to-work trajectories for workers with a work-acquired musculoskeletal disorder?

3. What is the effectiveness and cost-benefits of gradual-return-to-work in each return-to-work trajectory for workers with a work-acquired musculoskeletal disorder?

The overall objective of this research program is to determine whether gradual return-to-work is effective and cost-beneficial for workers with work-acquired musculoskeletal disorder in British Columbia. Very little evidence about the effectiveness of gradual-return-to-work is available, and no evidence about the cost-benefits is known.


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