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By: Harbourside Rehabilitation Solutions  09-12-2011
Keywords: Mental Health, health and safety, chronic pain

Cognitive Demands Analysis (CDA)

Employees may have difficulties meeting or coping with the cognitive demands of their job.  This may be due to a wide variety of issues including depression, PTSD, chronic pain, TBI, stress, or mental health issues.

A CDA is an objective analysis of the essential job duties and cognitive demands of an employee’s job. Areas assessed include the amount of concentration required, the demands on memory and time pressures.  It is based on observations of the worksite, other employees performing the duties and/or interviewing the employee and/or supervisor. A CDA can be useful:
• To assist in keeping the employee in the workplace and preventing disability
• For return to work planning and job accommodation.
• If the employee is being sent for an IME with a psychologist or psychiatrist.Recommendations from the report can include further rehabilitation recommendations with specific intervention or treatment providers, or workplace accommodations for the employee. We tailor the report to meet your needs. For example, the report may be kept generic or it can be pertaining to a specific employee. This is useful when combined with the cognitive screen when addressing a specific employee’s issues.
Cognitive ScreeningThe cognitive screen is used to assist in identifying whether an individual may have cognitive deficits which are impacting their daily functioning. Our therapists utilize standardized and non standardized assessment tools to assess areas including; memory, concentration and higher level cognitive abilities such as problem solving. The cognitive screen is not diagnostic in nature and does not replace a neuropsychological assessment. It may be used in combination with the Cognitive Demands Analysis (CDA) to ensure the employee has the cognitive abilities to perform the essential duties of their job. If requested by the account, recommendations can be made regarding remedial strategies and/or job accommodations. This service is useful not only for employees with traumatic brain injuries but also with employees with mental health issues, chronic pain and some neurological conditions.
Workplace Wellness

We have extensive experience helping companies address human resource and occupational health and safety issues such as:
• Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI)
• Workstation set-up
• Time management
• Stress management
• Employee wellness solutions including group fitness activities
• Healthy living education
• Back care education
Attendance Management

Employee sick time is a huge cost to employers and absenteeism is on the rise. We work with private companies to develop and implement attendance management programs. We may work with the employee on a collaborative basis to discuss the issues which are leading to the absenteeism and work with the employee to develop strategies to address these issues. This may involve communication with the employee’s physicians or treatment providers to obtain medical restrictions regarding the employee’s ability to perform their essential job duties.  Once these medical restrictions are known, options for workplace accommodations can be discussed with the employer with a goal of keeping the employee at work.
Vocational Counselling

With the current economic climate, some businesses are faced with the unfortunate task of downsizing their workforce. Our therapists can work with the employee to help identify vocational strengths/skills in order to develop vocational goals.

Keywords: chronic pain, Cognitive Abilities, Cognitive Deficits, Cognitive Demands Analysis, fitness activities, Group Fitness, health and safety, human resource, Mental Health, Occupational Health , Occupational Health And Safety, Occupational Health And Safety Issues, Safety issues, Traumatic Brain Injuries, Workplace Accommodations, Workplace Wellness,

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