Definitions of key terms:

Chronic disease: a disease of long duration and slow progression which is not passed from person to person, for example cardiovascular diseases, cancers, certain respiratory diseases and diabetes etc. 

Return to work: refers to procedures and initiatives aimed at facilitating the workplace reintegration of persons who experience long term absence from work or work under restricted health conditions coupled with a reduction in work capacity or capability, whether this is due to illness or invalidity.

Return to work policies: regulation at international, national or regional level which regulates the return to work after being diagnosed with illness or invalidity.

Social dialogue: interactions, such as negotiation, consultation or exchange of information, between or among social partners and public authorities

Trade union: organization representing the interests of employees where members can seek help and support in work-related issues

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