Call to employers, managers, guidance providers, professional bodies and those supporting worker retention or return to work: Review of guidance on managing chronic musculoskeletal problems

What is happening?

  • The Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM), Institute for Employment Studies (IES) and RAND Europe are completing a project on behalf of the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU OSHA) to identify guidance on managing people with chronic pain especially musculoskeletal problems to return to, or remain in work.
  • We are currently collating guidance on managing chronic musculoskeletal problems to enable us to review the guidance and to identify what workplace adjustments have been made to facilitate continued working.
Why is it being undertaken?
  • Musculoskeletal disorders are still one of the most common reasons for people being absent from work. 
  • What we mean by chronic musculoskeletal problems are people whose symptoms persist for three months or more including chronic back pain or chronic upper limb disorders, as well as rheumatic diseases, degenerative conditions such as osteoarthritis or osteoporosis or non-specific pain syndromes.
Why get involved?
  • The project team are trying to gain as much guidance as possible in relation to managing chronic musculoskeletal problems.  This will help to identify what the consistent messages are in relation to managing chronic musculoskeletal problems as well as identifying gaps in knowledge.
How to participate
  • Employers, managers, guidance providers, professional bodies and those supporting worker retention or return to work are invited to submit details of practices and guidance on managing chronic musculoskeletal problems using this survey
  • If you have any questions, or prefer to email the team directly please contact Dr Joanne Crawford (Joanne.Crawford@iom-world.org) or Alice Davis (Alice.Davis@iom-world.org)
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