Research Updates

Lauren Finestone

Articles by ‘Lauren Finestone’
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?

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...