Handbook of Complex Occupational Disability Claims

Early Risk Identification, Intervention, and Prevention

  • Izabela Z. Schultz
  • Robert J. Gatchel

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIX
  2. Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Prediction of Disability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. J. Mark Melhorn, Jacob Lazarovic, Wanda K. Roehl
      Pages 7-24
    3. Izabela Z. Schultz, Peter W. Joy, Joan Crook, Kerri Fraser
      Pages 43-65
    4. Renée-Louise Franche, Niklas Krause
      Pages 67-91
    5. Renée-Louise Franche, John Frank, Niklas Krause
      Pages 93-116
    6. Anna Wright Stowell, Donald D. McGeary
      Pages 117-139
    7. Peter Polatin, Richard C. Robinson, J. P. Garofalo
      Pages 141-150
    8. Richard C. Robinson, Robert J. Gatchel, Travis Whitfill
      Pages 151-165
  3. Prediction of Disability in Pain-Related and Psychological Conditions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Prediction of Chronic Pain Disability

      1. Joan Crook, Ruth Milner, Izabela Z. Schultz, Bernadette Stringer
        Pages 169-189
      2. Izabela Z. Schultz, Joan M. Crook, Jonathan Berkowitz, Gregory R. Meloche, Ruth Milner, Oonagh A. Zuberbier
        Pages 191-202
      3. Jerome A. Schofferman, Mary E. Koestler
        Pages 203-216
      4. Akiko Okifuji
        Pages 217-229
      5. Jonathan Borkum
        Pages 255-272
    3. Prediction of Disability After Head Injury

    4. Prediction of Disability After Psychological Trauma

  4. Application of Disability Prediction in Compensation, Health Care, and Occupational Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 385-385
    2. Les Kertay, Thomas M. Pendergrass
      Pages 405-419
    3. Jeffrey Dersh, Peter Polatin, Gordon Leeman, Robert Gatchel
      Pages 421-441
  5. Early Intervention with At-Risk Groups

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 461-461
    2. Patrick Loisel, Marie-Josè Durand
      Pages 479-488
    3. John P. Garofalo, Robert J. Gatchel, Nancy Kishino, Alan M. Strizak
      Pages 489-501
    4. J. Mark Melhorn, Larry K. Wilkinson
      Pages 503-520
  6. Where are We Now and Where are We Headed?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 521-521
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 541-566

About this book


The Handbook of Complex Occupational Disability Claims: Early Risk Identification, Intervention and Prevention

Edited by Izabela Z. Schultz, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Robet J. Gatchel, The University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX, USA

Chronic back and neck pain. Whiplash. Fibromyalgia. Carpal tunnel syndrome. Intractable headaches. Depression. Anxiety and posttraumatic stress. Concussion. More than ever, the term workplace disabilities is synonymous with greater clinical and case management complexity and escalating personal, social, occupational and economic cost. Complex illnesses and injuries that defy a traditional medical management model continue to baffle medical, mental health, rehabilitation, compensation, corporate, and legal professionals despite new advances in diagnosis, prevention, and rehabilitation. The Handbook of Complex Occupational Disability Claims: Early Risk Identification, Intervention and Prevention cuts through the confusion by integrating current theories and findings into a state-of-the-art tool for critical thinking, decision making, and effective practice.

This clear-sighted, interdisciplinary and integrative volume goes beyond cataloguing symptoms or sorting legitimate from fraudulent cases—its emphasis is on early detection of risk and management to prevent injury from developing into long-term disability. Editors Schultz and Gatchel and their 49 expert contributors offer lucid evaluations of the scientific and clinical literature to repair the mind/body split that has traditionally defined this field:

  • Conceptual and methodological issues in the prediction of disability.
  • Biopsychosocial perspectives on the most prevalent disabling conditions, including: chronic pain syndromes, repetitive strain injuries, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, and posttraumatic stress disorder.
  • Application of clinical findings to the rehabilitation, disability management, occupational and compensation arenas, and return-to-work practices.
  • In-depth discussion of the relationship between impairment and work disability.
  • Specific evidence-based early intervention approaches for workers and patients at risk.

A book that synthesizes so many diverse viewpoints has the potential to influence both policy and practice across disciplines and cut through politicization of these still poorly understood conditions with evidence. The Handbook is important reading for all clinicians, professionals, and members of rehabilitation and disability management teams, across healthcare, occupational and compensation settings.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Izabela Z. Schultz
    • 1
  • Robert J. Gatchel
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Education, Counselling Psychology & Special EducationUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada
  2. 2.University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterDallasUSA

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