Research Updates

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.

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Trends in GP sickness certification

contributorGabrielle Lis

GPs issue more unfit for work certificates every year, according to research from Victoria,...

Stakeholders explain GP sickness certification practices

contributorGabrielle Lis

Patient advocacy, workplace conflict, social circumstances and fee structures all influence...

Does RTW training for physios improve outcomes?

contributorGabrielle Lis

RTW training for physiotherapists changes physical and mental health outcomes but not RTW...

RTW snakes and ladders

contributorGabrielle Lis

The Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) asks physiotherapists and...

RTW Coordinator: essential qualities and attributes

contributorA. Richey

A return to work (RTW) coordinator in the Australian context helps an injured worker with...

Fair winners, fair losers in dispute resolution

contributorA. Richey

What makes dispute resolution outcomes seem fair to workers?

Employee Decision-Making about Disclosure of a Mental Health Disorder at Work - part 2

contributorA. Richey

Part two looks at the processes employees go through in weighing up the risks and benefits of...

Employee Decision-Making about Disclosure of a Mental Health Disorder at Work - part 1

contributorA. Richey

Discussing mental health at work is a complex issue. The authors of this research, Kate Toth...

Why would a seriously injured firefighter choose to return to high risk work?

contributorA. Richey

Bonds with co-workers and love of a particular job makes return to work appealing even after...

Occupational Stress in the Ambulance Service: a diagnostic study

contributorA. Richey

Due to political and economic change, demands on public servants are escalating in a back...

RTW: Police personnel and PTSD

contributorA. Richey

The researchers explore the RTW of police suffering from PTSD in the Netherlands, undergoing BEP...

Research short: Interactions between Injured Workers and Insurers in Workers Compensation Systems

contributorRTWMatters team

The main question addressed by the review was: What are the interactions between injured...

How do social functioning, social relationships and compensation influence RTW?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Understanding the factors that influence return to work assists in effective rehabilitation.

Relationships impact RTW and RTW effort sufficiency

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Researchers in the Netherlands claim that a positive employer / employee relationship has more...

Intervention practices for depression in the workplace

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Researchers from Canada sought to summarise the research on interventions for depression in the...

What does a thriving social life have to do with RTW?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Researchers looking for factors associated with early RTW uncover the usual suspects, as well as...

Measuring employer and employee efforts toward RTW

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Researchers suggest shifting from a straightforward evaluation of capacity and duties to more...

Predicting the transition from acute to persistent low back pain

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A small but significant proportion of people with back pain go on to develop long-term problems.

Regional trends in sickness benefit payments

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Rsearchers investigated why claims for mental and behavioural disorders have overtaken those for...

Depression and work performance

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

An ecological study using web based screening

Self reported work-related symptoms in hairdressers

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Musculoskeletal problems for hairdressers may be reduced if the risks are understood.

Work-related symptoms in nail salon technicians

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Managers may be unfamiliar with evidence-based prevention and ergonomic practices

Assessing stress using a visual scale

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

French researchers find a simple way to measure stress

The burden of sickness absence from musculoskeletal causes

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

The costs of a major health problem in developed nations

The occupational hazard of self treatment and self medication for doctors

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A review of self medication in physicians and medical students

Work ability, psychosocial hazards and work experience in prisons

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Spanish researchers sought to understand work ability amongst prison workers.

Physical activity at work and low back pain

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Back problems are commonly attributed to work and many in the community believe that heavy...

Does hurting here - and here - and here - make it harder to work?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Multi-site pain is a common phenomenon among working-age people and it strongly increases work...

RSI in musicians

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Professional musicians have high rates of musculoskeletal pain, but few studies have analysed...

Predictors of poor outcomes in patients with musculoskeletal pain

contributorJoy Hewitt

Generic prognostic factors may assist primary care practitioners to identify those patients with...

Confidence vital for supervisors managing RTW...

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

...And other influences on supervisor readiness to engage in workplace-based vocational...

An elegant way to assess recovery

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A single question - "How do you feel you are recovering from your injury?” - may be as useful in...

Can botox injections replace surgery for refractory knee pain?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Exercise and surgery have long been the staple treatments for refractory knee pain - but is...

Leadership effectiveness and recorded sickness absence

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Nurse managers who match their leadership style to the issue at hand see fewer short time...

Severity of bipolar disorder does not determine disability level

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

This study sought to understand whether patients with bipolar disorder admitted to hospital had...

Workplace support counts for employees with cancer

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Employer attitudes influence RTW after a cancer diagnosis.

Research short: Flexible hours improves wellbeing

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A University of Wollongong survey shows employees with access to flexible working hours are in...

Research short: Bad for the body, bad for the workplace

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A major study from the Netherlands shows productivity can be improved by helping workers improve...

Research short: How long will chronic low back pain last?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A Dutch study has produced a simple, efficient means for assessing the probable duration of low...

Research short: Can yoga ease workplace stress?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A UK study has concluded that regular yoga can improve workplace wellbeing and reduce employee...