Handbook of Return to Work

From Research to Practice

  • Izabela Z. Schultz
  • Robert J. Gatchel

Part of the Handbooks in Health, Work, and Disability book series (SHHDW, volume 1)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Concepts and Models of Return to Work

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Izabela Z. Schultz, Catherine M. Chlebak, Alison M. Stewart
      Pages 3-25
    3. Matthew T. Knauf, Izabela Z. Schultz
      Pages 27-51
    4. Marie-José Durand, Nicole Vézina, Marie-Christine Richard
      Pages 53-65
    5. Yunhee Choi, Sali R. Asih, Peter B. Polatin
      Pages 67-79
  3. Measurement and Methodological Issues: Towards Transdisciplinarity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. François Champagne, Michèle Rivard
      Pages 165-179
    3. Emily Brede, Farukh Ikram, Krista Howard, Sali R. Asih, Matthew T. Knauf, Peter B. Polatin
      Pages 181-205
    4. Douglas P. Gross, Geoff P. Bostick, Linda J. Carroll
      Pages 207-220
  4. Evidence Informed Return to Work Approaches

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 221-221
    2. Marc I. White, Shannon L. Wagner, Kelly Williams-Whitt, Corinne V. Koehn, Douglas Kube, Marisa Cornacchia et al.
      Pages 255-269
    3. Hanah C. Kwan, Izabela Z. Schultz
      Pages 271-288
    4. Dwayne Van Eerd, Donald C. Cole, Ivan A. Steenstra
      Pages 289-305
    5. Sonia Paquette
      Pages 307-326
    6. Stephanie Parent, Karen Lockhart, Jerry Spiegel, Annalee Yassi
      Pages 337-352
    7. Michael J. L. Sullivan
      Pages 353-363
    8. Emile Tompa, Allard van der Beek, Maurits van Tulder
      Pages 381-401
  5. Best Return to Work Interventions and Practices in Key Diagnoses

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 421-421
    2. Chris J. Main, William S. Shaw, Jennifer Mitchell
      Pages 439-457
    3. Monika Löfgren, Marie-Louise Schult, Ann Öhman, Per Julin, Jan Ekholm
      Pages 459-480
    4. Angela de Boer, Monique Frings-Dresen, Michael Feuerstein
      Pages 481-503
    5. Jacqueline S. Hebert, Helena Burger
      Pages 505-517
    6. Mark L. Ettenhofer, Gillian M. Stavro, Rebecca J. Melrose
      Pages 563-592
    7. Paul H. Wehman, Juan Carlos Arango-Lasprilla, Richard D. Kunz, Pamela D. Targett
      Pages 593-616
    8. Erica K. Johnson
      Pages 617-632
    9. Jason Elliott Peer, Wendy Tenhula
      Pages 633-652
    10. Terry Krupa
      Pages 653-665
    11. Lindsey Richardson, Stephen Epp
      Pages 667-692
  6. Research, Policy, and Practice Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 693-693
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 705-721

About this book


This comprehensive interdisciplinary synthesis focuses on the clinical and occupational intervention processes enabling workers to return to their jobs and sustain employment after injury or serious illness as well as ideas for improving the wide range of outcomes of entry and re-entry into the workplace. Information is accessible along key theoretical, research, and interventive lines, emphasizing a palette of evidence-informed approaches to return to work and stay at work planning and implementation, in the context of disability prevention. Condition-specific chapters detail best return to work and stay at work practices across diverse medical and psychological diagnoses, from musculoskeletal disorders to cancer, from TBI to PTSD. The resulting collection bridges the gap between research evidence and practice and gives readers necessary information from a range of critical perspectives.

 Among the featured topics:

  • Understanding motivation to return to work: economy of gains and losses.
  • Overcoming barriers to return to work: behavioral and cultural change.
  • Program evaluation in return to work: an integrative framework.
  • Working with stakeholders in return to work processes.
  • Return to work after major limb loss.
  • Improving work outcomes among cancer survivors.
Return to work among women with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. 

The Handbook of Return to Work is an invaluable, unique and comprehensive resource for health, rehabilitation, clinical, counselling and industrial psychologists, rehabilitation specialists, occupational and physical therapists, family and primary care physicians, psychiatrists and physical medicine and rehabilitation as well as occupational medicine specialists, case and disability managers and human resource professionals. Academics and researchers across these fields will also find expert guidance and direction in these pages. It is an essential reading for all return to work and stay at work stakeholders.


Benefit design Brain injury Disability management Ergonomics Health system coverage Impairment Intervention planning Musculoskeletal disorders Occupational health Occupational rehabilitation Return to work Spinal cord injury WHO Work accommodations Work disability Work limitations Workers’ compensation World Health Organization

Editors and affiliations

  • Izabela Z. Schultz
    • 1
  • Robert J. Gatchel
    • 2
  1. 1.and Special EducationDept. Edu. and Counselling Psychology, and Special EducationVANCOUVERCanada
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyThe University of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4899-7626-0
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4899-7627-7
  • Series Print ISSN 2198-7084
  • Series Online ISSN 2198-7092
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