Research and analysis

Vocational rehabilitation: scientific evidence review

An independent review of the evidence on the effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation interventions.



The aim of this review was to provide an evidence base for policy development on vocational rehabilitation, which is defined as, ‘whatever helps someone with a health problem to stay at, return to and remain at work’.

It focused on:

  • adults of working age
  • the common health problems that account for two-thirds of long-term sickness
  • work outcomes

The review found a strong scientific evidence base for many aspects of vocational rehabilitation - and a good business case for it.

General and condition-specific findings are reported, and the review offers practical suggestions for the differing types of people affected by health problems.