Assessment of fitness for work

Session details

Date:

Time:

12:00pm - 1:30pm

Location:

Zoom videoconferencing

Didactic presentation by:

Anil Adisesh

Session objectives

At the end of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Understand and explain the concept of “workability”
  2. Apply functional principles to facilitate “workability”
  3. Outline the types of barriers to return to work and the role of the physician in overcoming them

Session resources

Buprenorphine and Methadone Maintenance Treatment: Influence of Aspects of Cognitive and Memory Performance
Giacomuzzi, S.M., Thill, C., Riemer, Y., Garber, K., Ertl, M., Buprenorphine and Methadone Maintenance Treatment: Influence of Aspects of Cognitive and Memory Performance. The Open Addiction Journal 2008, I(I):5-6. DOI: 10.2174/1874941000801010005
Canada: Mental Health At Work: An Employer's Duty To Inquire
This blog is part three of a three-part blog series outlining the essential points of an employer's duty to accommodate employees with mental disabilities. Source: Mondaq
Clinically Organized Relevant Exam (CORE) Back Tool
This tool will guide the family physician and/or nurse practitioner to recognize common mechanical back pain syndromes and screen for other conditions where management may include investigations, referrals and specific medications. This is a focused examination for clinical decision-making in primary care. Source: Centre for Effective Practice (CEP)
Cognitive Functioning in Opioid-Dependent Patients Treated with Buprenorphine, Methadone and Other Psychoactive Medications: Stability and Correlates
Rapeli P, Fabritius C, Kalska H, Alho H. Cognitive functioning in opioid-dependent patients treated with buprenorphine, methadone, and other psychoactive medications: stability and correlates. BMC Clin Pharmacol. 2011 Aug 21;11:13. doi: 10.1186/1472-6904-11-13
Didactic presentation: Assessment of fitness for work
In this presentation, Dr. Anil Adisesh discusses the concept of “workability”, how to apply functional principles to facilitate “workability”, and the types of barriers to return to work and the physician's role in helping to overcome them.
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Methadone vs. Buprenorphine During Early Opioid Substitution Treatment: A Naturalistic Comparison of Cognitive Performance Related to Health Controls
Rapeli P, Fabritius C, Alho H, Salaspuro M, Wahlbeck K, Kalska H. Methadone vs. buprenorphine/naloxone during early opioid substitution treatment: a naturalistic comparison of cognitive performance relative to healthy controls. BMC Clin Pharmacol. 2007 Jun 12;7:5. doi: 10.1186/1472-6904-7-5.
Neuropsychological Functioning of Opiate-Dependent Patients: A Nonrandomized Comparison of Patients Preferring either Buprenorphine or Methadone Maintenance Treatment
Sabine Loeber, Anja Kniest, Alexander Diehl, Karl Mann & Bernhard Croissant (2008) Neuropsychological Functioning of Opiate-Dependent Patients: A Nonrandomized Comparison of Patients Preferring either Buprenorphine or Methadone Maintenance Treatment, The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 34:5, 584-593, DOI: 10.1080/00952990802308239
Primary care physicians' learning needs in returning ill or injured workers to work: a scoping review
Furlan AD, Harbin S, Vieira FF, Irvin E, Severin CN, Nowrouzi-Kia B, Tiong M, Adisesh A. Primary care physicians' learning needs in returning ill or injured workers to work. A scoping review. J Occup Rehabil. 2022 May 5. doi: 10.1007/s10926-022-10043-w.

About presenter

Dr. Anil Adisesh is the Chief Medical Officer of Canadian Health Solutions. He received his medical degrees at the University of Liverpool, UK. He is UK trained in general medicine, with UK accreditation in family medicine and UK specialty accreditation in occupational medicine. 

Adisesh worked as Deputy Chief Medical Officer at the UK Health and Safety Executive national laboratory, Buxton. He was subsequently appointed the inaugural JD Irving Limited, Research Chair in Occupational Medicine at Dalhousie University, and was later Associate Professor and Division Director of Occupational Medicine in the Department of Medicine at the University of Toronto. He was also Head of the Division of Occupational Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital Toronto.

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