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Research is chosen for review based on quality of the evidence and its practical value in return to work.

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Studies of RSI in musicians fail to consider work activities and the psychosocial environment

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...

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...

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 Netherlands study has produced a simple, efficient means for assessing the probable duration...

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...

Research short: Getting disability off your back

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

New research shows patient anxiety and distress about a lower back complaint significantly...

Research short: Sick of work

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A Swedish study has highlighted the link between lacklustre organisational environments...

Research short: Spinal manipulative therapy for chronic low back pain

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Researchers have found spinal manipulative therapy yields small improvements in chronic low back...

Research short: Returning to work after road accidents

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A new study highlights the mains causes for return to work delays after an injury on the road.

Research short: Do physician guidelines improve return to work rates?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A Dutch study has shown that adherence to guidelines by physicians can help lead to earlier...

Research short: What is the best way to evaluate permanent impairment?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A study has raised doubts about whether the new edition of the American Medical Association...

Research short: Professional supervision for rehab providers

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A survey of rehabilitation and return to work managers in Queensland has led to calls for...

Research short: Exercise and the treatment of chronic pain

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Researchers have developed an effective treatment for the vexing condition of Fibromyalgia...

Research short: Improving RTW outcomes with pain coping skills

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Injured workers may have a better RTW outcome if they undergo pain coping skills training before...

Research short: Occupational therapy for psychosis

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A study has shown promising signs of success for helping people with mental health issues join...

Research short: Abnormal tactile sensations in chronic pain

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Canadian researchers have highlighted the lack of knowledge about the causes of abnormal and...

Research short: What med certs tell us about sickness absence

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A Swedish study has shown that what doctors and employers will permit on medical certificates...

The impact of values

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Can employees' values improve their happiness, absence rates and health?

Guided internet-based cognitive behavioural treatment for chronic back pain reduces pain catastrophising

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A randomized controlled trial from Sweden offers hope for chronic back pain sufferers.

Research short: Managing arm pain in computer users

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Ergonomic keyboards can help reduce the effects of recurrent arm pain in office workers.

Research short: The only thing we have to fear is fear itself

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Disability is more likely if a patient worries about their illness.

Research short: My boss makes me sick

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Poor management often leads to higher levels of employee stress and sickness.

Research short: A happy work is a healthy work

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Positive workplace environments are necessary for workplace health programs to be successful.

Research short: Cutting down sick leave

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Another study confirms the link between poor workplace culture, poorly defined roles,...

Research Short: Do managers suffer from more stress?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A Danish study debunks the myth that managers are often more stressed than employees.

The less involved senior managers are, the better they rate health and safety

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Hands-off senior managers overestimate the safety and health of their workplace compared to...

Research short: Attending work while sick

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Flexible sick-leave policies can reduce sickness absence.

Research Short: Professional drivers and chronic back pain

contributorSean Gleeson

A Finnish study raises questions about previous associations between professional car driving...

Research short: Is there a better physio treatment for chronic lower back pain?

contributorSean Gleeson

A new study suggests therapeutic climbing may trump a standard exercise regime in treating lower...

Research short: Work is good for you, but...

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

The UK's treating practitioners say that work is beneficial, but how do they actually behave...

Research short: The pre-employment examination drain

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Do pre-employment medical examinations reduce sick leave? Are they value for money?

Research short: Is integrated care value for $?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

A European study of an integrated care program for workers with long term back problems shows a...

Research short: Doctors or managers - who affects sickness absence?

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Danish researchers find that management approaches and levels of employee decision-making...

Research short: Mixed opinions

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

When dealing with complex or ambiguous medical problems, only half of treating practitioners...

Research short: Armed against arm pain

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Reducing repetitive work is not the only option to consider when attempting to accommodate arm...

Research short: Cancer and work

contributorDr Mary Wyatt

Who is more pessimistic about the impact of cancer on working life: cancer survivors or...

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