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Stakeholders explain GP sickness certification practices

Gabrielle Lis

Patient advocacy, workplace conflict, social circumstances and fee structures all influence sickness certification, according to GPs, injured workers, employers and compensation agents.

Research question What factors influence GPs’ sickness certification practices for compensable injuries in Australia? Take Home Messages GPs see themselves as advocates for their patients, a fact that strongly influences sickness certification practices.   Advocating for a patient who is also a workers’ compensation claimant may involve: Treating the injury or illness and promoting recovery; S...

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