Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine

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| Editors: Marc Gellman

Occupational Rehabilitation

  • Douglas P. GrossEmail author
  • Calvin Haws
  • Joanne Park
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6439-6_101938-1

Synonyms

Definition

Occupational rehabilitation is the science and practice of maximizing function in workers with a disabling health condition, including assisting them to return to a level of work activity appropriate to their functional, psychological, and cognitive capacity. Related and synonymous terms include work rehabilitation, industrial rehabilitation, and vocational rehabilitation, among others. The past decades have seen the development of therapies and programs aimed at helping working-age adults with musculoskeletal, neurological, and mental health conditions that lead to work disability (Jundt and King 1999). Although the programs may have different names, their goals are fundamentally similar including restoring physical abilities as well as psychological and functional tolerances of the disabled worker in order to return them to gainful employment (Schultz et al. 2007).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Physical TherapyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta Millard HealthEdmontonCanada
  3. 3.Department of Occupational TherapyUniversity of AlbertaEdmontonCanada

Section editors and affiliations

  • Marc D. Gellman
    • 1
  1. 1.Behavioral Medicine Research Center, Department of PsychologyUniversity of MiamiMiamiUSA