Research and analysis

Vocational rehabilitation: scientific evidence review

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


Vocational Rehabilitation: what works, for whom, and when?

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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.

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Published 8 July 2013

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