Research Updates

Research

This page lists all research updates available on Return to Work Matters.

Research is chosen for review based on quality of the evidence and its practical value in return to work.

Requests to undertake reviews of research on particular subjects are welcome.

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Twins in pain?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Negative ideas about pain can derail recovery and return to work, causing immense frustration for RTW professionals. Why do some people take pain in their stride while others catastrophise? Twin...

Five ways to manage conflict

contributorRTWMatters team

Integration, obligation, domination, avoidance and compromise are all valid ways to manage conflict. The trick is knowing which tactic to use when, and why...

Going backwards on mental health

contributorGabrielle Lis

Australian organisations are missing out on many opportunities to promote and support good mental health at work. According to a Superfriend survey 2016 was worse than 2015. Are business owners...

Do workplace interventions improve RTW outcomes?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Workplace interventions are effective for workers with musculoskeletal disorders, but the picture becomes more complex for workers with mental health issues and other health conditions like cancer.

What do employers think of GPs?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Workers compensation systems rely on collaboration between stakeholders to achieve good outcomes. Australian research shows that suspicion outweighs collaboration when employers talk about GPs.

Corralling the research on cancer and RTW

contributorGabrielle Lis

The evidence-based low-down on a problem many Australians will face: returning to work after surviving cancer.

We need to talk about GPs

contributorGabrielle Lis

According to Canadian researchers the responsibilities of GPs in relation to workers compensation and RTW are unclear, leading to conflict and disengagement. They only fix they see? Dialogue...

Q: Are psychosocial interventions effective treatments for chronic pain?

contributorGabrielle Lis

A: CBT, ACT and mindfulness therapies can help people remain active and cope with chronic pain, but do not cure it. Other psychosocial interventions are not supported by research, although this...

(Mis)managing mental health claims in Australia

contributorGabrielle Lis

GPs, injured workers, employers and insurers weigh in on the difficulties of managing mental health claims.

Snapshot: Sickness certification by Australian GPs

contributorGabrielle Lis

Eight years of data from the Victorian workers compensation system reveals that GP certification practices are strongly influenced by injury type.

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