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What Factors Contribute to Work Absence Across Health Conditions and Sectors?

June 26, 2014
Recorded in June, 2014

​This presentation was given at the Creating and Sustaining Psychologically Healthy Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice conference that was held on June 26-27, 2014. 

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This series of brief research reports discusses the findings of two major syntheses of research literature over the past 10 years to identify (i) workplace and worker factors that increase the risk of work absence, and (ii) what can we learn about workplace interventions that reduce work absence, work productivity and financial outcomes. 

Following the presentation, participants will be able to: 

  • Discuss and describe modifiable workplace factors that contribute to work absence across health conditions
  • Able to list three factors that are consistent
  • Discuss and develop an action plan for your organization
  • Establish an evaluation framework to assess program success


Izabela Schultz PhD
Professor, Rehabilitation counseling psychology, Department of Educational and Counseling Psychology and Special Education, University of British Columbia


Dr. Schultz is a registered psychologist specializing in medico-legal and occupational aspects of psychological, neuropsychological and pain-related disability, both in her academic research and her forensic practice. She currently is a Professor in the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of British Columbia where she also serves as Director of the only Canadian graduate Program in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling. She has presented, taught and published extensively in the United States, Canada and internationally in the areas of psycho-social and psycho-legal aspects of disability, rehabilitation and compensation for psychological injury. Her innovative investigation into the prediction of pain-related occupational disability has won her research team two international research awards.


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