Vocational rehabilitation (VR) has been identified as a solution to address the impact of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) in working age adults. Vocational rehabilitation is a multi-component approach that includes different interventions specific to a condition which should begin early and address the physical musculoskeletal problem, any psychological disorders and employment factors to facilitate a sustained return to work. As a number of systematic reviews relating to work outcomes and rehabilitation for MSDs have been published, it was identified that an umbrella review (systematic review of existing reviews) would provide the highest level of evidence synthesis on the effectiveness of VR for MSDs.
ALEXANDER, L., COOPER, K. and MITCHELL, D. 2017. The effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation on work participation for adults with musculoskeletal disorders: an umbrella review. Presented at the 2017 Physiotherapy UK conference and trade exhibition: transform lives, maximise independence and empower populations, 10-11 November 2017, Birmingham, UK.