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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

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

About the editors

Dr. Izabela Z. Schultz is Professor of Rehabilitation Psychology and Director of Graduate Program in Vocational Rehabilitation Counselling in the Department of Educational and Counselling and Special Education at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Schultz is doubly board certified as diplomate in clinical psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology and as diplomate of the American Board of Vocational Experts. She has received international awards for her innovative research on prediction of occupational disability and professional leadership awards for major contributions to medico-legal aspects of rehabilitation psychology. She has published several books and numerous seminal papers and book chapters in the field of occupational disability and rehabilitation. She is an editor of the Work and Disability Section of Springer’s Psychological Injury and the Law and a founding member of this international journal. Recently, she completed, with Dr. Sally Rogers, the pioneering Work Accommodation and Retention in Mental Health (Springer). Dr. Schultz is also a co-chair of the American Psychological Association’s Task Force on Assessment and Treatment of Persons with Disabilities. She has been leading development of best-evidence-informed practice guidelines in early musculoskeletal pain interventions, in work accommodation and retention in mental health, and in assessment and treatment of persons with disabilities.

Dr. Robert Gatchel is the Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology and the Chairman of Psychology, College of Science at the University of Texas at Arlington. He also holds two other positions: clinical research director at the Eugene McDermott Center for Pain Management at the University of Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and director of biopsychosocial research at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. He is the author 23 books, 106 book chapters and 318 scientific research articles. His clinical research, most of it in the areas of the etiology, assessment and treatment of pain and disability, has been continuously funded over the past 30 years from grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He also received a prestigious Research Scientist Award from NIH and has been honored with awards from various organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the American Pain Society, the American Academy of Pain Management, the International Association for Dental Research, the International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine, the North American Spine Society, to name a few.

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