Handbook of Work Disability

Prevention and Management

  • Patrick Loisel
  • Johannes R. Anema

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. The Burden of Work Disability

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Marie-France Coutu, Daniel Côté, Raymond Baril
      Pages 15-29
    3. Marc Koopmanschap, Alex Burdorf, Freek Lötters
      Pages 31-41
    4. Patrick Loisel, Pierre Côté
      Pages 59-67
  3. Unraveling Work Disability Prevention

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-69
    2. Katia M. Costa-Black, Michael Feuerstein, Patrick Loisel
      Pages 71-93
    3. Michael J. L. Sullivan, Marc O. Martel, Zina Trost
      Pages 107-124
    4. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson, Ellen MacEachen
      Pages 125-146
  4. Work Disability Determinants and Diagnosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 147-147
    2. Ute Bültmann, Sandra Brouwer
      Pages 149-162
    3. William S. Shaw, Vicki L. Kristman, Nicole Vézina
      Pages 163-182
    4. Carel Hulshof, Glenn Pransky
      Pages 203-215
    5. Marie-José Durand, Quan Nha Hong
      Pages 229-251
  5. Work Disability Issues on Specific Disorders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253

About this book


As work is recognized as beneficial to people's well-being, its absence is being considered in greater detail. Increasingly, work disability is being understood as a public health issue, and work disability prevention is gaining strength as an aspect of occupational health.

The Handbook of Work Disability overviews this emerging field in accessible and practical fashion. This timely volume offers current theory for understanding the determinants of work disability (regardless of illness or injury that keeps individuals from the workplace), and a template for interventions that benefit both patient and other stakeholders. Experts across multiple fields examine the lives of work disabled patients, analyze the societal and workplace burden of work disability, and review bedrock concepts of the disability and its prevention. Featuring assessment tools, evidence-based intervention strategies, and insights into disorder-specific populations, this is information useful to the practicing clinician, the researcher, and the trainee. Included in the Handbook

  • Pain, chronicity, and disability.
  • Measuring outcomes in work disability prevention.
  • The influence of care providers on work disability.    
  • Psychosocial factors for disability and return to work.
  • Core components of return-to-work interventions.
  • Plus issue-specific chapters on low back pain, TBI, mental illness, and cancer. 

The Handbook of Work Disability is a definitive reference for psychologists, therapists, and rehabilitation professionals, as well as administrators, researchers, and students.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Patrick Loisel
    • 1
  • Johannes R. Anema
    • 2
  1. 1.University of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.EMGO Institute for Health and Care Resea, Department of Public and Occupational HeVU University Medical CenterAmsterdamNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4614-6213-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4614-6214-9
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