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Innovative Strategies for Healthcare Organizations to Increase Participation in Early Return to Work Programs

WA Labor & Industries
5/28/2013 – 7/31/2014


The purpose of this study is to identify and remediate limitations to employer and employee utilization of Early Return to Work program benefits in healthcare settings by: 1) survey and analysis of perceived barriers among employers and employees; 2) development and implementation of innovative ERTW training during new employee orientation to acculturate employees and supervisors from the point of initial employment; 3) provision of a healthcare organization specific ERTW task analysis toolkit and 4) measurement of pre and post program opinion and participation levels.

Primary Investigator

Denise Smart
Denise Smart, PhD


Melody Rasmor, PhD