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An estimated 313 million workplace accidents resulting in injury occur worldwide every year. Therefore, the burden of workplace injury and disability is present at the individual and the societal level and involves several stakeholders. There has been a shift in paradigm from workplace disability and injury treatment to workplace disability prevention. Occupational therapy practitioners are well positioned to address this multifaceted societal issue. Opening communication lines among stakeholders allows for a more holistic, collaborative, and comprehensive approach to disability, injury, and pain management. The positive results researchers have found at the individual level when using a holistic approach translate to benefits for all of the stakeholders involved. Occupational therapy practitioners may espouse a work disability prevention approach to reduce work disability rates and provide timely return-to-work outcomes for clients. The transition to the preventative model requires collaboration among stakeholders but would be beneficial to all stakeholders involved in the workplace.
Occupational Therapy Program
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.)
Adjunct Faculty, School of Rural and Northern Health
Sudbury, Ontario, Canada
1. Identify the incidence of workplace accidents resulting in injury and explain the impact on individuals, other stakeholders and society.
2. Discuss the paradigm shift from workplace disability and injury treatment to workplace disability prevention.
3. Explain occupational therapy’s role in workplace injury management to reduce workplace disability rates and support timely return-to-work outcomes.
CE Find Key Words: Work, disability, injury
Learning Level: Intermediate
Target Audience: Occupational therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention
McDougall, A., & Nowrouzi-Kia, B. (2017). The Issue Is—Work disability prevention: A primer for occupational therapists. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71, 7106360010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2017.018671