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Able Or Unable To Work? Life Trajectory After Severe Occupational Injury

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This webinar will discuss the probabilities and permanence of different life situations (working, full disability and rehabilitation) after severe occupational Injury. Presentation is based on a scientific research article, which used a register-based data.

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A historical cohort of Finnish workers with a severe occupational injury during 2008 (n=11585) were followed up annually on the outcomes of RTW over a 5-year observation period in order to (1) examine the probabilities of return to work, full disability and rehabilitation after a severe occupational injury, (2) investigate the permanence of these life situations and transitions between them and (3) study the connection between these life situations and working at a later stage in life. This webinar will illustrate the results of this study.

Take-home messages:

  • The vast majority of workers will return to work after a severe occupational injury
  • The current life situation (working, rehabilitation, full disability) is a strong predictor of later working after a serious occupational injury.
  • The probability of return to work decreases significantly with time, thus rehabilitation and return to work programs should start as soon as possible.
  • The probability of recovery after a severe occupational injury is relatively high even for those with long-term disabilities, so the promotion of return to work is highly recommended also for this target group.

Learning Outcomes

What is the expected life trajectory after a severe occupational injury
How permanent the different life situations are
What are the determinants of RTW
What are the connections between different life situations and working at a later stage in life


Jarna Pasanen
Jarna Pasanen is a university teacher at the Faculty of Management, University of Tampere, Finland. Her responsibilities include teaching in various courses in the degree program of Insurance and Risk Management and conducting research within this field. Her scientific interests include social risks (such as disability) and the different ways to manage them in a changing world. Pasanen’s latest publications deal with rehabilitation process and return to work after an occupational accident or illness. In her dissertation, she studies the management of disability risks from the perspective of social insurance systems. This program is pre-approved by VRA Canada for a 1 hour training session.

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