Absence from work due to injuries and illnesses has a massive burden on the lives of workers worldwide, not only in terms of their psychological well-being but also in terms of maintaining their livelihood and a dignifying standard of living.
Physiotherapists have a crucial role to play in this process, which has been chronically underexplored in most parts of the world. It has been continuously shown that physiotherapy is a cost-effective intervention for many conditions leading to prolonged periods of absence from work.
Promoting physiotherapy in the RTW process benefits most importantly people recovering from injury or illness, allowing them to feel self-efficient and increasing their participation (with the subsequent effects on well-being and quality of life), but also employers who benefit from increased productivity and less work-related expenses in terms of insurance claims.
Naturally, this is a thorough and complex document which is hard both to summarise in a few paragraphs or to read in one go. However, it is available for free in its entirety, and should be a major source of reference considering the amount of patients being seen for conditions leading to work absence.