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My plan for life guide

We have recently launched the ‘My plan for life’ guide – a care coordinating guide. The aim of 'My plan for life' is to help people with chronic conditions to  think about what matters most to them and what they want from their care – including returning to work. The message to patients is: You are the expert on how your condition makes you feel. If you can think about what is important to you, you will be able to ask the right questions and get the right information and support.

Patients can use the guide to note down questions that they want to ask and any advice they've had. They can also use it to keep the contact details for the different members of their healthcare team in one place. It has space to record appointments, test results and discussions too. The guide is now being piloted in different regions of the UK.


30 June 2016


Musculoskeletal Disorders, Workforce Health and Productivity in the United States

This white paper summarizes what is known about musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in the United States and their relationship to employment. We review the major existing clinical, epidemiological and labour market evidence on the prevalence and impact of MSDs in the U.S. working-age population.


07 July 2015


Why early management of chronic disease in the EU workforce should be a priority

The Fit for Work Europe Coalition calls upon the Latvian Presidency and governments of the EU Member States to consider prioritising chronic diseases management, including Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSD), when deciding upon health and work priorities at national level.


28 April 2015


Exploring the benefits of early interventions which help people with chronic illness remain in work

This paper explores whether early healthcare interventions that promote work ability and increase productivity among people of working age who have chronic ill-health are cost effective.


28 April 2015


Fit for Work Europe Best Practice Booklet

The booklet will showcase interventions aimed at improving healthcare systems to better support work ability.  The aim is to highlight the good work happening across coalition countries, in order to drive positive impact and inspire further change at the national level. 

 


28 April 2015


The impact of musculoskeletal disorders on the labour market in the Czech Republic

A significant proportion of the Czech workforce is not healthy enough to drive the improvements in productivity which the Czech Republic needs to compete in an increasingly globalised, knowledge-based economy. More than 51 working days per employee were lost in 2007 through musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) such as back pain, arm or neck strains or diseases of the joints. 


04 December 2014


Self-management of chronic musculoskeletal disorders and employment

The report “Self-management of chronic musculoskeletal disorders and employment” captures the barriers which people with chronic MSDs are facing in the workplace, and makes a series of practical recommendations for the government, employers and clinicians to tackle the issue.


05 September 2014


Is the UK Fit for Work? Confronting the challenge

The Fit for Work coalition is calling for health and work to be a cross-departmental government priority, with a new national strategy and programme for health and work.


21 July 2014


What is Early Intervention? A summary

 What is Early Intervention? An innovative care programme targeted at people with MSDs and founded by Dr Juan Jover, Chair of the Fit for Work Coalition in Spain. 


31 March 2014


Fit For Work? Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Russian Labour Market

This project has looked in some detail at the impact that MSDs have had on the working lives of millions of Russian individuals. It has examined the adequacy of the treatment and support workers receive, their experiences at work, the effect of their condition on their family and colleagues, and the human and financial costs involved. 


28 January 2014


Life and employment opportunities of young people with chronic conditions

This report takes a look at the obstacles faced by young people with long-term, chronic or fluctuating conditions as they seek to make the transition from education and employment - and then to develop and thrive in the workplace.


21 November 2013


MSD Sickness Absence in Europe – Fit for Work Infographic

MSDs are the leading cause of sickness absence in Europe, costing the economy up to €240bn annually. Fit for Work Europe has developed estimates of the effect of early intervention clinics repeating the results of the Madrid clinic across 12 EU member states where comparable data exists. These states represent only 70% of the EU workforce, but the estimates are meant to give the EU and the national governments a flavour of the benefits that early intervention can bring to the healthcare systems, the labour markets and the economy. Click the title to download the results.


01 November 2013


The case for early interventions Reducing Temporary Work Absence Through Early Intervention: The case of MSDs in the EU

With many EU member states set to see 50% of their population diagnosed with an MSD by 2030, this report warns that this growing problem cannot be ignored and must be urgently addressed.

MSDs are the leading cause of sickness absence across the EU -44 million workers have MSDs – including back pain and strains of the neck, shoulder and arms. This costs up to €240bn annually in lost productivity and sickness absence, representing up to  2% of GDP across the EU. The report calls on EU member states to coordinate action between government departments, employers and clinicians to tackle this problem and save billions while transforming the lives of those affected by such devastating conditions. 


21 October 2013


HE paper Fit for Work Europe health economic paper

This White Paper explores current European approaches for including work, or not, in health investment decisions, using Health Technology Assessment (HTA) as an illustrative example of how this can be achieved. Drawing on our research, and contributions from a number of experts involved in producing this paper, we present here our recommendations for policy-makers interested in improving health outcomes and maximising employment.


14 December 2012


HTA paper Work in health decision making CASE STUDIES

A series of case studies on work and health care decision making in Brazil, Finland, France, Netherlands, Poland, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, England and Wales.


14 December 2012


CC pos paper Joint Action on Chronic Disease open letter

On 5th November 2012 the European Commission's Directorate-General and Executive Agency for Health and Consumers will meet Member States in Luxembourg to discuss Joint Action on Chronic Diseases. The Fit for Work Europe Coalition welcomes the Commission's broad initiative in the field of Chronic Diseases and applauds the work undertaken by Member States. A Joint Action in Chronic Diseases will provide an opportunity to foster greater collaboration and tackle chronic diseases at a pan-European scale.


22 November 2012


FfW Hungary Fit for Work Hungary infographic

An infographic of the main statistics on how the musculoskeletal disorders affect the world of work in Hungary.


16 November 2012


FfW Japan Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Japanese Labour Market

This report looks at Japan in this wider global context and assesses where Japan is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. Appendix 3 compares Japan with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators. More specifically, this project has sought to address each of the following questions:

  1. What is the impact of MSDs on employment and economic performance in Japan? How is this likely to change in the context of future demographic, workforce and lifestyle changes?
  2. What is the relationship between work and MSDs? What impact do biological, psychological and social factors, including workplace factors, have on MSDs?
  3. How well do employers, governmental bodies, clinicians and occupational health professionals understand and deal with MSDs as they relate to the workplace? How well equipped is the health sector to provide early intervention, rehabilitation and other support for people with these conditions?
  4. What early interventions can policy-makers and employers deliver to ensure that those with MSDs a) retain their jobs b) maximise their quality of working life and their contribution to society and c) maintain access to (and routes back into) employment?

16 November 2012


Summit agenda Fit for Work Annual Summit 2012 report

A report detailing the events and findings presented at the 4th Annual Fit for Work Summit held on 16-17 October in Brussels. Including reviews from workshops on:

  1. Experiences of people with MSDs: the healthcare & work journey (Patient Surveys)
  2. Making the case for Early Intervention and Better Management of MSDs
  3. Chronic Conditions: the importance of national and regional planning for the management of MSDs
  4. The value of work in HTA
  5. Workplace Accommodations: Managing Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Disorders & Psychosocial
    risks
  6. Patient-centred care and self-management for people with MSDs: the importance of physical and
    mental health
  7. Making Change Happen

02 November 2012


HTA paper Patient Survey 2012 Executive Summary

In July 2012 we launched a survey of European individuals living with a range of MSDs, from across nine EU countries. This is the Executive Summary of first ‘cut’ of the data to reveal something of the ‘journey’ through both the healthcare system and the world of work, as travelled by people with MSDs.

 


24 October 2012


FfW Bulgaria Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Bulgarian Labour Market

This report looks at Bulgaria in this wider EU context and assesses where Bulgaria is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators across a number of European countries.


23 October 2012


FfW Hungary Fit for Work Hungary press release

October 5 - If I can bend down, I can pick up work! The Fit for Work Hungary Coalition provides latest news from the Conference of the Hungarian Association of Rheumatologists


05 October 2012


Summit agenda Fit for Work Annual Summit - draft agenda

Check out the current agenda for the 4th Annual Fit for Work Summit


20 September 2012


FfW NZ Musculoskeletal Disorders and the New Zealand Labour Market

The primary focus of this report has been to examine the interventions and other factors which affect job retention, labour market participation and job quality among those with MSDs. As we have seen, there is evidence that physical impairment can represent a barrier to each of these aspects, but that many people – even those with serious and chronic incapacity – can and do lead full and fulfilling working lives.


05 September 2012


HECON meeting Health economic workstream meeting report

On 11 June, more than 25 health economists, clinicians and research experts from across the world came together for our roundtable meeting on: The Place of Work in Health Decision-Making. This meeting report summarises the key themes of their discussion, including: key political, economic, ethical and methodological challenges for inclusion of workability and productivity in HTA and other health economic evaluations.


30 July 2012


CC pos paper Fit for Europe: position paper on Chronic Conditions

Our Chronic Conditions Position Paper summarises important key messages, it provides valuable information on MSDs and is supported by FfW Stakeholders.  We expect the Paper to inform and engage both Policy Makers and National Health Representatives of the ongoing Reflection Process on Chronic Diseases and encourage action at both a National and European level. 


24 July 2012


HTA paper The place of work in healthcare decision-making

This paper examines the status of the current debate and the pros and cons of taking a wider societal perspective in healthcare decision-making, and looks specifically at possible reasons why work and labour market participation are rarely included in the remit of HTA.


19 June 2012


FfW Aus Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Australian Labour Market

This report looks at Australia in this wider global context and assesses where Australia is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Australia with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators. More specifically, this project has sought to address each of the following questions:

  1. What is the impact of MSDs on employment and economic performance in Australia? How is this likely to change in the context of future demographic, workforce and lifestyle changes?
  2. What is the relationship between work and MSDs? What impact do biological, psychological and social factors, including workplace factors, have on MSDs?
  3. How well do employers, governmental bodies, general practitioners (GPs) and occupational health professionals understand and deal with MSDs as they relate to the workplace? How well equipped is the health sector to provide early intervention, rehabilitation and other support for people with these conditions?
  4. What early interventions can policy-makers and employers deliver to ensure that those with MSDs a) retain their jobs b) maximise their quality of working life and their contribution to society and c) maintain access to (and routes back into) employment?

14 May 2012


Lat report cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Latvian Labour Market

This report looks at Latvia in this wider global context and assesses where Latvia is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Latvia with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


28 March 2012


Estonia front cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and Estonia's Labour Market

This report looks at Estonia in this wider global context and assesses where Estonia is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Estonia with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


01 November 2011


Poland report cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and Poland's Labour Market

This report looks at Poland in this wider global context and assesses where Poland is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Poland with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


08 September 2011


FfW Romanian Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and Romania's Labour Market

This report looks at Romania in this wider global context and assesses where Romania is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Romania with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


24 May 2011


FfW Greek Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and Greece's Labour Market

This report looks at Greece in this wider global context and assesses where Greece is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Greece with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


01 December 2010


FfW Hungarian Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and Hungary's Labour Market

This report looks at Hungary in this wider global context and assesses where Hungary is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Hungary with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


30 November 2010


FfW Israel Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and Israel's Labour Market

This report looks at Israel in this wider global context and assesses where Israel is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Israel with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


29 June 2010


FfW Swiss Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Swiss Labour Market

This report looks at Switzerland in this wider global context and assesses where Switzerland is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Switzerland with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


19 May 2010


FfW Spanish Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Spanish Labour Market

This report looks at Spain in this wider global context and assesses where Spain is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Spain with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


14 May 2010


FfW Swedish Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Swedish Labour Market

This report looks at Sweden in this wider global context and assesses where Sweden is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Sweden with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


22 April 2010


FfW Lithuania Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Lithuanian Labour Market

This report looks at Lithuania in this wider global context and assesses where Lithuania is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Lithuania with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


06 April 2010


FfW Germany Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the German Labour Market

This report looks at Germany in this wider global context and assesses where Germany is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Germany with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


03 March 2010


FfW Turkish Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Turkish Labour Market

This report looks at Turkey in this wider global context and assesses where Turkey is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Turkey with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


13 January 2010


FfW Norway Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Norwegian Labour Market

This report looks at Norway in this wider global context and assesses where Norway is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Norway with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


15 December 2009


FfW Croatia Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Croatian Labour Market

This report looks at Croatia in this wider global context and assesses where Croatia is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Croatia with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators


15 December 2009


FfW Dutch Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Dutch Labour Market

This report looks at Netherlands in this wider global context and assesses where Netherlands is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Netherlands with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators


15 December 2009


French Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the French Labour Market

This report looks at France in this wider global context and assesses where France is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares France with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


27 November 2009


FfW Finland Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Finnish Labour Market

This report looks at Finland in this wider global context and assesses where Finland is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Finland with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


23 November 2009


FfW Portugal Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and Portugal's Labour Market

This report looks at Portugal in this wider global context and assesses where Portugal is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Portugal with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


04 November 2009


FfW Canada Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and Canada's Labour Market

This report looks at Canada in this wider global context and assesses where Canada is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Canada with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


20 October 2009


FfW Belgium Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Belgian Labour Market

This report looks at Belgium in this wider global context and assesses where Belgium is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Belgium with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


09 October 2009


Pan-European Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders in the European Workforce

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) account for nearly half (49%) of all absences from work and 60% of permanent work incapacity in the European Union. These and other socio-economic consequences of suffering from poor health due to muscle and joint pain represent an estimated cost to society in Europe of up to €240 billion.


30 September 2009


austria_report_cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Austrian Labour Market

This report looks at Austria in this wider global context and assesses where Austria is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Austria with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


15 July 2009


Italy Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Italian Labour Market

This report looks at Italy in this wider global context and assesses where Italy is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Italy with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


09 June 2009


Denmark Report Cover Musculoskeletal Disorders and the Danish Labour Market

This report looks at Denmark in this wider global context and assesses where Denmark is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Denmark with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


28 May 2009


Fit For Work Irish report cover Musculoskeletal Disorder and the Irish Labour market report

This report looks at Ireland in this wider global context and assesses where Ireland is doing well and where it has challenges to confront. In addition, Appendix 3 compares Ireland with other countries across a range of labour market, welfare and health care systems indicators.


07 May 2009


Fit for Work UK Report Cover Fit for Work?

The report argues that early intervention and an emphasis on keeping sufferers in work wherever possible are likely to boost national productivity and help reduce the 2.6 million people claiming Incapacity Benefit. ‘There is overwhelming evidence that worklessness is, itself, bad for health,’ the report says.


03 September 2007