Research Updates

Lauren Finestone

Articles by ‘Lauren Finestone’
What does best practice care for musculoskeletal pain look like?

Concerns about the lack of quality of care for musculoskeletal pain conditions led researchers to see if they could identify one set of recommendations for the best practice care of a range of...

I expect, therefore I will — the link between positive expectations and recovery

There is increasing recognition of the importance of psychological factors in how we recover from musculoskeletal injuries. One of those factors is believing we’ll get better.

The RESTORE study reinforces the benefits of cognitive functional therapy for back pain

A recent study into a new approach called Cognitive Functional Therapy offers hope for those with disabling and persistent low back pain.

Peer support for self-management of persistent pain — 3 basic ingredients that make it effective

By using the 3 ‘ingredients’ of self-determination theory, healthcare professionals can help people cope with persistent pain and adjust to life with greater confidence and resilience.

‘Manage at Work’ — a worksite self-management program boosts engagement and retention

A worksite self-management program that used a group psycho-education format helped workers with persistent or chronic health conditions stay engaged and on the job.

From long-term pain to workplace gain — self-management strategies for success at work

Long-term pain conditions are common for many working adults and can have a big impact on job performance and quality of life. But there are ways employers and workers can work together to manage...

Don’t take back pain lying down — how rest can make ‘flares’ worse

A study confirms that even small changes in your daily habits, like how long you sleep and how active you are, can make a difference to whether you have a pain flare-up or not.

Staying at work with musculoskeletal pain — what resources and information do people need?

A study into how people with ongoing musculoskeletal pain experience their workplaces and how they look for information sheds light on what they need to help them stay at work.

Shouldering the load — what education patients with rotator cuff pain want

A study shows what people who have rotator cuff-related shoulder pain want when it comes to education about their condition.

From patient to partner — collaboration boosts long-term back pain self-management

Self-management is now seen as a collaboration between the person living with the pain and their health professionals. But it’s useful to understand what it is about that patient–professional...

Exploring an AI-powered solution to long-term back pain

We’re becoming more and more aware that traditional treatments for long-term back pain — like opioid medications and surgery — can be costly, ineffective or even risky. A new, alternative...

Is exercise really a good way to self-manage depression?

For people who are looking for a natural, drug-free way to manage their depression, a recent study confirms that exercise can be a fantastic option. It's especially important for those who may not...

To follow, or not follow, the script? That is the question (Act 1) — physios’ attention to the human aspects of care for people with low back pain

Physios should ‘tinker with’ or ‘throw away the script’ if they want to respond in a more person-centred way to patients with low back pain.

To follow, or not follow, the script? That is the question (Act 2) — physios’ attention to the human aspects of care for people with low back pain

Physios should ‘tinker with’ or ‘throw away the script’ if they want to respond in a more person-centred way to patients with low back pain.

Self-managing pain — websites and other tools for healthcare and RTW practitioners

Not everyone with persistent pain conditions can access specialised pain services. How effective are websites as a tool to help them manage their pain?

Person-centred care for musculoskeletal pain — a tool to put principles into practice

Person-centred care is an important part of care for people with musculoskeletal pain conditions. But evidence that some healthcare professionals struggle to integrate person-centred care...

Supporting self-management of long-term conditions — the ‘who for’, ‘who by’, ‘what works’ and ‘how’

It is now accepted that self-management is critical for people with chronic conditions. But what works best? And for which conditions? A comprehensive review of the evidence gives healthcare...

Why self-management can be hard to do — barriers in primary healthcare settings

A study explores the barriers to self-management of chronic pain conditions in primary healthcare settings.

What helps (and doesn’t help) people self-manage their chronic musculoskeletal pain — tools for healthcare providers

Self-management can be a game-changer in helping patients take control of their pain and start living their lives to the fullest. But it’s often easier said than done. A study shows what patients...

Safer, healthier, wealthier — the economic value of reducing work-related injuries and illnesses

What’s the economic impact of work-related illness or injury? Safe Work Australia engaged Deloitte Access Economics find out. A ground-breaking economic modelling approach shows that our economy...

Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study Part 4 — suggestions for improvement to the workers’ compensation system

It’s the people who have first-hand experience of a service or system that can give the most valuable feedback about what works and what doesn’t. Participants in the Victorian injured worker...

When there’s a fraction too much friction — communication and collaboration between stakeholders promotes RTW

What impact does friction between workers’ comp stakeholder have on the effective rehabilitation and timely return-to-work of injured workers? And what’s the reason for this friction?

Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study Part 2 — how healthcare providers and case managers affect RTW outcomes

Most injured workers return to work quickly. But why don’t others? And what can we do to reduce those factors that can delay recovery and extend claims. Healthcare providers and insurance case...

Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study Part 3 — what happens to injured workers at the end of their workers’ comp claim?

Workers with long term claims face many challenges when their claims end. Difficulty finding work and being ineligible for Centrelink benefits and other government support programs are just some...

The outcomes of lumbar spinal fusion surgery — a tale of 2 studies

Lumbar spinal fusion surgery is an increasing, but controversial procedure for chronic low back pain. Two studies suggest we need to rethink its value for injured workers.

The Victorian Injured Worker Outcomes Study: Part 1 — the impact of IMEs on workers’ recovery

A Victorian study into the factors that influence longer term workers’ compensation claims found that some ‘events’ in workers’ compensation systems can lead to lengthy claims. One of those key...

Physios and patients give telehealth the thumbs up

Physios and patients who had consultations by videoconference during the COVID-19 pandemic liked that way of providing care.

What do physios think about exercise programs to prevent low back pain?

What do we know about physiotherapists’ understanding of, attitudes to and experiences of delivering low back pain exercise programs?

A look at hospital admissions after long-duration workers’ compensation claims

A study finds that people with long duration workers’ compensation claims were more likely than others to need hospital treatment in the year before, and the year after, their payments stopped.

Spark joy to stay safe at work

Leaders’ behaviours can influence employees — and also prevent workplace injuries — through ‘emotional contagion’. Here’s how.

‘It’s not fair. And it hurts’. The relationship between perceived injustice, chronic pain, recovery and RTW

A study into the relationship between perceptions of injustice and chronic pain gives us reason to make sure that the processes, communication and relationships in our work injury schemes are fair.

GLA:D to have an evidence-informed approach for painful knees and hips

An evidence-based physiotherapy program that began in Denmark and was adopted in Australia is seeing impressive results in people with (or who have a high risk of developing) knee and hip...

Workplace conflict — a big risk factor for sick leave

A new study found that conflicts in the workplace — particularly with supervisors — are an important risk factor for sick leave among workers. The good news is, we can do something about it. ...

Scans rule, don’t they? Patient misbeliefs and misconceptions about spine conditions

Misunderstandings and mistaken beliefs about the diagnosis and management of degenerative conditions in the cervical spine are common and can influence clinical outcomes. This makes effective...

Getting the message right: strategies to improve return to work communication

A study from the Institute for Work and Health provides 5 strategies you can use to effectively communicate with workers about RTW.

‘An epidemic of useless and often harmful care’ — Part 2

Payments for healthcare represent the second largest item of expenditure for Australian workers’ compensation schemes after income replacement. And it’s growing. But what are schemes paying for?...

Are there RTW differences for workers with psychological and musculoskeletal injuries?

How different are the RTW experiences of workers with work-related psychological injuries and those with musculoskeletal injuries? And what can make these experiences more equal?

Work — the problem, or the solution to common mental health issues?

Depression, anxiety, stress-related disorders. Work can be the problem or the solution if you are dealing with these, or other, common mental health issues. What are the factors that make the...