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1. Citation: Blank, L., Peters, J., Pickvance, S., Wilford, J., & MacDonald, E. (2008). A systematic review of the factors which predict return to work for people suffering episodes of poor mental health. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 18(1), 27-34. doi:10.1007/s10926-008-9121-8
Keywords: mental health, occupational health, workplace, return to work
Abstract: Background: Poor mental health can impact employability or long-term work absence.

Objective: To conduct a systematic review of factors that predict or restrict return to work for people with poor mental health.

Search strategy: Studies were found by conducting a search of electronic databases (PsychINFO, EMBASE, MEDLINE, OSH-ROM, Assia, Web of Science, Health Information Management Consortium, CINAHL, British Nursing Index, ENB Health Care, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, and Business source Premier).  Grey literature was also searched, using Web search engines.  Additionally, reference searches and hand searches of key journals were performed.

Selection criteria: Studies were included in the review if they were published between 1985 and 2005; examined adults of working age (18-65); written in English; considered work absence for six months or less; and recorded information on return to work.

Data collection and analysis: Two reviewers read abstracts and consensus was reached on papers to be acquired.  Papers were then critically appraised with guidance from the Critical Appraisal Skills Program. Relevant data were then extracted into a summary table.

Main results: Fourteen papers were included in this review. The authors summarize and describe their predictive factors including family history, health risk behaviors, social status, and medical condition.

Conclusions: This study identifies a wide range of factors affecting return to work for people with mental health conditions; however, further research is needed to describe the factors which delay return to work for people experiencing episodes of poor mental health.
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Link to Full Text:http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs10926-008-9121-8
Record Updated:2016-07-22
 

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