RTW Strategies: Washington’s COHE Model

Work with employers to develop modified work programs

Modified work programs provide injured employees with light duty or more manageable tasks to facilitate early return to work. The duties are gradually scaled up to normal levels. These programs can cut in half work loss days, as well as significantly increasing the proportion of employees who return to work. However, modified work programs are not easy to implement. Successful implementation includes employer knowledge of modified work strategies, a range of options for modifying tasks and providing job accommodations, and ensuring that employees have a good understanding about the program and positive attitudes toward returning to work.

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