Pain & Work: Evidence Based Practice to Enhance Work Participation and Quality of Life

Monday, September 19th
8:30am12:00pm EDT

About the Session


  • Michiel F. Reneman, PhD, MS (Netherlands)
  • Douglas P. Gross, PhD, BScPT (Canada)
  • Behdin Nowrouzi-Kia, PhD (Canada)


This course will provide participants with state-of-the-art evidence on the interplay between chronic pain and work.

The leading paradigm will be the main message from the 2006 landmark study by Waddell and Burton, Good Work is Good for Health and Well-Being. We will present:

  • The evidence for this along with characteristics for ‘good’ work.
  • How leading biopsychosocial work-health integration models, their principles, and supporting evidence can be applied to clinical care.
  • Successful examples of integration of pain care and work, including integrated workplace-based interventions to reduce pain and increase work participation, quality of life, and productivity.

Because we recognize that IASP draws an audience that is highly diverse, we will present a summary of best practices and principles that can be applied by the participants regardless of country-specific system characteristics. The refresher course will consist of multiple short presentations (5-10 minutes) by each of the 3 speakers, followed by interactive discussions and Q&A moderated by all presenters.