Health status of people with work-related musculoskeletal disorders in return to work programs: A malaysian study

Mohd Suleiman Murad, Lisa O'Brien, Louise Farnworth, Chi-Wen Chien

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This study examined the health status of injured workers with musculoskeletal disorders enrolled in the Malaysian Return to Work (RTW) program. The 102 participants were categorized into three RTW groups: Off-work (n = 30, 29.4%), Re-entry (n = 44, 43.1%), and Maintenance (n = 28, 27.5%). Overall health status, as measured by the SF-36 version 2, of the workers exhibited below average compared to the internationally established normative population, with their physical health component summary rated lower than mental health. Across the different groups, significant differences were found in role-physical, vitality, bodily pain, general health, and mental health. However, the mean values of these variables were higher in the Maintenance group and were found significant. The current health status of injured workers at Off-work and Re-entry phases was significantly low and warranted to be improved by involving other health professionals such as occupational therapists, ergonomists, and psychologists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)238-255
Number of pages18
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Health status
  • Musculoskeletal disorders
  • Return to work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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