Mixed messages around disability management

2 studies look at employee satisfaction levels, benefits of return-to-work co-ordination
By Jason Busse, Stefan Schandelmaier and Regina Kunz
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/17/2012

Commonly provided by insurers and employers, disability management programs are designed to promote recovery among employees who are unable to work due to an injury or illness.

There is considerable variation among such programs although they often include the completion of standardized forms and case managers who co-ordinate rehabilitation efforts and the return to work (RTW).

Recently, the Evidence-Based Insurance Medicine Research Group — clinical researchers and scientists from the Netherlands, Canada and Switzerland with an interest in optimizing disability management — looked at the impact of case management in two different studies.