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Recorded on April 4, 2023 12 pm – 1:00 pm Eastern

Managing Worker Expectations of the Return-to-Work Timeline

By Leslie R. Cadet, MD, MPH


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Topic Overview:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 2.8 million non-fatal, recordable, injuries and illnesses in the US in 2019.  Work-related injuries result in multiple days of lost productivity, which translates into lost revenue for employers, workers, families, and the larger community. Most injuries, particularly musculoskeletal injuries, have a defined time course for recovery. While many workers return to work within a reasonable time frame, managing workers who do not wish to return to work quickly can be challenging. 

This presentation will allow occupational health providers to better understand their role in the overall Workers’ Compensation system, and how their appropriate management of work restrictions can prevent iatrogenic disability.



At the conclusion of this presentation, participants will know how to:

1. identify the recognized time course for most work-related injuries
2. recognize the barriers to recovery during the occupational medicine clinical encounter
3. implement communication techniques for sharing the expectations for recovery and the return-to-work timeline with workers.


Speaker Bio:

Dr. Cadet is an accomplished Air Force Veteran whose work as a Flight Surgeon aided in the successful execution of 1,080 combat missions and 2,000 airlift missions in support of Operations INHERENT RESOLVE and ENDURING FREEDOM.


After completing her military service, Dr. Cadet transitioned to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, where she completed her Occupational and Environmental Medicine residency. 


Dr. Cadet is board-certified and currently practices in Southern California.  She is the Employee Health Medical Director at Loma Linda University Health, where she provides occupational health oversight for the University’s 22,000 employees. In addition to her administrative and clinical roles, Dr. Cadet teaches and trains occupational medicine, workplace wellness, and public health concepts to residents, providers, and employers.  


Requirements for Completion

Successful completion of this activity includes submitting an accurate registration, making necessary payment, and reviewing all activity slides and the webinar presentation. Completion of the evaluation form is required.


Type of Activity: Knowledge


Disclosures: AOHP does not guarantee, warrant, certify, verify, and/or authorize the content of this seminar, and/or any subsequent use of the information presented at this webinar. This webinar is not a clinical/medical service but is intended for educational purposes only. Planners of this educational activity have no real or apparent financial, professional or personal conflict of interest to disclose. Faculty/presenter disclosure is stated following each presenter’s bio-sketch. AOHP has implemented a mechanism to identify and resolve all conflicts of interest before the delivery of this educational activity.


Commercial or Sponsor Support: N/A

Continuing education Contact Hour: This activity awards one (1) contact hour.


Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider Number CEP 17664.


Conflict of Interest: A conflict of interest occurs when an individual has an opportunity to affect educational content about healthcare products or services of a commercial company with which she/he has a financial, professional or personal relationship.


The planners and presenter(s)/author(s) of this education activity have disclosed no relevant financial, professional or personal relationships with any commercial companies about this activity.


Non-Endorsement of Products: The Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare's accredited provider status refers only to continuing education activities and does not imply that there is real or implied endorsement of any product, service or company referred to in this activity nor of any company subsidizing costs related to the activity.

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