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Research short: Improving RTW outcomes with pain coping skills

Dr Mary Wyatt

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

Pain catastrophising is a psychological condition whereby patients irrationally believe their pain will be worse than what they are likely to experience. Patients who catastrophise tend to become excessively worried about pain. They tend to have more investigations, more treatment, and be slower with rehabilitation, thus leading to poorer return to work outcomes. This study from the United States explored pain coping strategies for peo...

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