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Support or confrontation?

Gabrielle Lis

Supervisors discuss whether support is enough to keep workers with MSDs at work, or whether a confrontational approach is sometimes necessary.

Norwegian researchers conducted focus groups with supervisors, asking them to describe their strategies for reducing sickness absence amongst workers with musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). Most of the 26 supervisors who participated in this qualitative research were female nurses, each supervising around 40 workers in a home nursing service, nursing home, or group home for intellectually disabled people. Overall, the supervisors described ...

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