Vocational rehabilitation: a multidisciplinary intervention

Disabil Rehabil. 2007 Sep 15;29(17):1405-10. doi: 10.1080/09638280701315060.


Vocational rehabilitation is by definition a multidisciplinary intervention in a process linked to the facilitation of return to work or to the prevention of loss of the work. Clinical staff in contact with a person who has lost his job (general practitioner, specialized physician) must promote vocational rehabilitation. Medical rehabilitation for those with disabilities, whether new or old, has to be followed without delay by vocational rehabilitation. It is even better if these two intertwined processes are overlapping. They involve many professionals including physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, vocational trainers, job counsellors, teachers, case-managers, job placement agencies. Vocational rehabilitation has a financial cost, borne by many state organizations (security, social system, social affairs) as well as by employers and private insurances, which are in case of accident, concerned by this process. However, the evidence suggests that this is recouped 2- to 10-fold as suggested by the British Society of Rehabilitation Medicine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Disabled Persons / rehabilitation*
  • Employment / economics
  • Employment / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Patient Care Team / organization & administration*
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational / economics
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational / statistics & numerical data*
  • Rehabilitation, Vocational / trends