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Treatment & clinical guidelines

Recovering at work is an important part of a person's medical treatment and rehabilitation. As most people can perform productive work during their recovery, we apply this philosophy in a collaborative process with injured workers, employers and health care providers. All of our treatment guidelines are based on the latest medical and scientific information.

The recovery-at-work philosophy

When people are hurt or injured, recovering at work is one of the best things for them to do for their overall health. 

That's why we partner with workers, employers and health care providers in a worker's recovery. It's a collaborative process. We all share the goal of the worker's timely and safe return to employment.

We depend on you to assess the worker's capabilities and limitations. The treatments you provide, and the recommendations you make for transitional job activities, support the worker's safe recovery on the job. Your expertise helps workers and employers when they create a recovery-at-work plan or, if the worker has to take time off, a return-to-work plan.

Our role is to coordinate and monitor the progress of the worker's recovery. We're available to work with you at each step.

Benefits of recovering at work

There are many health benefits for people who recover from injury or illness on the job. Performing meaningful work while recovering helps people:

  • Stay connected to their workplaces
  • Maintain their overall physical and mental well being
  • Maintain their income levels
  • Accelerate their recovery

Evidence-based medicine

We rely on the latest medical information to guide our approach. We have a team that researches various treatments and practices, to gather evidence-based insight into recovery-at-work programs.

Our team identifies topics for review that will clarify or alter existing practices. The most current research drives decisions. The results are shared with WorkSafeBC officers and health care providers.

Our working group involves surgeons, medical specialists, and rehabilitation providers in this process. Together, we analyze many studies and research papers to determine best practices.

Since 2007, our Evidence-Based Practice Group has been a partner organization to Cochrane Canada, the national centre of the Cochrane Collaboration.

The Cochrane Collaboration is a worldwide network of people helping health care providers, policy makers, patients, and their advocates and caregivers. The organization promotes well-informed decisions about health care.