Doctor, doctor give 'em the news

Tom Barton

We consider why doctors fail to communicate well about return to work, and offer strategies for helping them tell their patients what they need to hear.

Everyone seems to agree - return to work outcomes are better when doctors communicate well. In reality, people complain of the difficulty in getting doctors involved in the return to work process and calls are often left unreturned. Surveys of doctors have found that they find it difficult to assess an injured worker’s capacity to deal with return to work issues. Doctors are even avoiding the problem altogether and opting out of deal...

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