A community-focused health and work service (HWS).

Jennifer Christian, Thomas Wickizer, Anthony Burton

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We recommend establishment of a community-focused Health & Work Service (HWS) dedicated to responding rapidly to new health-related work absence among working people due to potentially disabling conditions. The first few days and weeks after onset are an especially critical period during which the likelihood of a good long-term outcome is being influenced, either favorably or unfavorably, by some simple things that either do or do not happen during that interval. It is the optimal window of opportunity to improve outcomes by simultaneously attending to the worker’s basic needs and concerns as well as coordinating the medical, functional restoration, and occupational aspects of the situation in a coordinated fashion.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherMcCrery-Pomeroy Social Security Disability Insurance Solutions Initiative
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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