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Scoping Review on determinants for a successful return-to-work and systematic overview on interventions to facilitate return to work among employees with mental disorders

Project number: F 2367 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Ongoing Project Planned end: 2019-06-30


The project 1 "Scoping review on determinants for a successful return-to-work (RTW) and systematic overview on interventions to facilitate RTW among people with mental disorders" aims at the systematic collection of evidence on RTW among employees with mental disorders. Initially, a scoping review on determinants that support or negatively influence a successful return-to-work process will be conducted. A broad research question will be formulated to systematically search for and identify the relevant literature. Subsequently, the quality of the existing evidence will be validated, its evidence summarized and evidence-gaps will be identified.

Furthermore, a systematic overview on the effectiveness of established work-related-interventions which support the return-to-work process will be conducted. Within the context of the overview, systematic reviews will be systematically searched, their quality will be validated and their results will be aggregated.

The aim is to develop policy options for RTW-actions in the practice. In addition, unanswered research questions will be identified and transferred into a long-term research agenda.

The project is the first part of a bundle of projects entitled "Mental disorders in the workplace and return-to-work". The main goal of the bundle is to summarize and describe the situation of the working age population with a mental disorder and to provide work-oriented suggestions for a primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention as well as an improved RTW process in Germany. In the coming projects, research will focus more in the company level, the clinical and therapeutic level as well as on the affected groups. Results that will be generated from the scoping review and the overview will be used to conceptualize the study methodology of the three following projects of the bundle.


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