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Preventing unnecessary disability

Hannah Bourne

An overview of the complex factors influencing the return to work of sick and injured workers, and recommendations as to return to work strategies can be improved.

Take Home Messages: The return to work and length of absence of sick or injured workers is influenced by many factors besides physical illness. The time between illness or injury and return to work is often longer than necessary. Psychological factors play an important part of the recovery process, as does the role played by doctors, employers and insurers and the general administrative processes. By addressing these factors, the workplace...

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