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Return to work after mental health problems: cooperation between employers and clinics in the return to work process

Project number: F 2414 Institution: Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) Status: Completed Project


The project objective is to describe and evaluate possible alternatives of job-related therapies for people with mental health problems or illnesses; as well as to analyse the cooperation between the medical and the employing systems in the process of return to work (RTW). The existing cooperation models in Germany will be considered, for instance, employer support or rehabilitation networks.

The findings reflecting the behaviour and experiences of all the parties involved - employers and clinics as well as the employed themselves - will be integrated in a Best Practices Guide. The results of the study will eventually help to optimize the RTW process and the RTW management of the employers to the benefit of the employed. The project is sponsored by the the Hans Böckler Foundation.

This study is the fourth part of a bundle of research projects entitled "Mental disorders in the workplace and return to work". The main goal of the bundle is to describe the situation of employees with common mental disorders and to provide work-oriented suggestions for primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention as well as an improved RTW-process in Germany.


Unit 3.3 "Evidence-based Occupational Health, Workplace Health Management"

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