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Advising on fitness for work and supporting rehabilitation (secondary health care)

This lesson, designed more or less specifically for the situation in the UK, helps to create awareness for the beneficial effect of remaining in or returning to work. It also identifies the principles of effective rehabilitation and helps in the proper formulation of an advice (in a so-called fit note) to support the rehabilitation of a worker having health complaints. Checklists to quickly assess the impacts of  health on work and work on health are introduced. In addition, it gives advice on how to integrate the rehabilitation advice into the management plan for early intervention.

The lesson is meant for medical doctors at the secondary care level and consists of several interactive slides. The slides contain descriptive texts, questions and feedback, and illustrative pictures and movies. Certain links can be clicked on to get an additional explanation. The lesson is given in English only.

NOTE: an additional lesson on the same topic and with the same title, however at the primary care level, can be found following the link given in the Comments block.



Original Authors:

D. Cohen (probably: this is not clearly indicated)

Original affiliation, ownership:

Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, School of Medicine, Cardiff University. UK

Year of publication:


Charge for use or free:

Free of charge


Target group(s):

non-OSH-expert professionals

Usefulness for non-OSH-expert professionals:

Fully useful for non-OSH-expert professionals in health care or other sectors; or in training

Time demand to complete the lesson or course:

30 minutes


For support or information:

An additional lesson on the same topic and with the same title, however at the primary care level and meant especially for general practitioners, can be found following the link:

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