December/January 2007/2008 (vol. 04/4)

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Future work fitness evidence review

The assessment of future fitness for work (or ‘work ability’) involves assessing risk for multiple causes of illness and disability. An evidence review analysed prognostic factors for return to work for three conditions: myocardial infarction (MI), chronic low back pain (cLBP) and major depressive disorder (MDD). Just six papers from a trawl of 961 abstracts were found to meet inclusion criteria, with none on MDD. A number of common (such as young age) and different prognostic factors for work ability were identified for both MI and cLBP.

Occupational and Environmental Medicine 2007; 64: 814–819


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