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Questioning the power of positivity

Gabrielle Lis

Do positive expectations about RTW bring results, or do good prospects make injured workers feel more positive?

Most people in the field recognise that there's an association between expecting a good RTW outcome and achieving a good RTW outcome. But we don't always agree on why. Is it because positivity helps people recover? Or because people who have good recovery prospects rightly feel more optimistic than people who face an uphill battle? Consider two workers, John and Peter. Both have taken time off work because of lower back pain. John has a supporti...

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