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Disability management experts and the impact of jurisdiction on practice: an Ontario example
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Work and Rehabilitation. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
The Institute for Work and Health, Toronto, Canada /Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Canada.
University of Ottawa.
2010 (English)In: International Journal of Social Security and Workers Compensation, ISSN 1836-9022, Vol. 2, no 1, 1-16 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction The role, tasks and competencies of disability management professionals (DMPs) have increasingly become a focus of research in the last decade. However, the legal context in which DMPs work, how this affects their daily practice, and how this impacts their training curricula, has been neglected. This omission is problematic given that international training programs of disability management (DM) operate across different jurisdictions. Our study describes DMPs' practice in Ontario, Canada and considers jurisdiction-specific elements of disability management practice.

Methods The study is based on seven interviews and a focus group with five participants, who are either certified disability management professionals or who are involved with DMPs' training, as well as documentary analysis of the legal context of these professionals' practice.

Results The study shows how DMPs' practice is affected by the local legal context. The jurisdiction's socio-political framework requires DMPs to distinguish between occupational and non-occupational cases, a distinction which affects their practice and their recommendations to employers. This is in contrast to DM training which emphasises equal treatment of all people with disabilities.

Conclusions The research suggests that disability management practices may differ from one jurisdiction to the next and therefore emphasises the need to consider socio-political aspects in DMPs' practice as well as in the development of training programmes and cross-jurisdictional research.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. Vol. 2, no 1, 1-16 p.
Keyword [en]
return-to-work practices, compensation + benefits
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73457OAI: diva2:472588
Available from: 2012-01-04 Created: 2012-01-04 Last updated: 2012-01-11

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