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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Support or confrontation?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Supervisors discuss whether support is enough to keep workers with MSDs at work, or whether a confrontational approach is sometimes necessary.

Rethinking injury and unfairness

contributorGabrielle Lis

Why do some people focus on the injustice of their injury while others move on with equanimity? Researchers have uncovered strong relationships between perceptions of injustice, feeling that...

Profile: Supervisors who support modified duties

contributorGabrielle Lis

Supervisors who show concern and respect for workers, who have the autonomy to make decisions about job modifications, and who rate their organisation highly in terms of disability management are...

What helps depressed workers stay at work?

contributorGabrielle Lis

Workplace interventions, CBT and stretching can all reduce sick leave amongst workers with depression - but other interventions are less successful.

An intervention for low back pain that works

contributorGabrielle Lis

Evidence-based! Cost-effective! Proactive! Popular! You will love this new workplace intervention for high-risk workers with low back pain.

Tick, tick, tick

contributorGabrielle Lis

The more time that elapses before low back injury is reported and treated, and the longer someone waits before taking time off work, the longer the eventual period of work disability.

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.

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