Research and analysis

Concepts of rehabilitation: management of common health problems

Academic paper looking at the theory of health rehabilitation and how it can help people to stay in work or get back into employment.


This paper aims to develop the theory behind the rehabilitation of common health problems, to inform policy making, research and development.

It looks at:

  • the conceptual basis for rehabilitation of common health problems, with the goals of job retention, return to work and reintegration
  • implications for healthcare and clinical management, employers, trade unions, insurers and occupational health

The authors are Gordon Waddell of the Centre for Psychosocial and Disability Research, University of Cardiff and A Kim Burton of the Spinal Research Unit, University of Huddersfield.