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Putting the "social" back in biopsychosocial

RTWMatters team

What does the international evidence say about the impact of compensation systems, health care systems and significant others on workability for people with lower back pain?

These days, most attempts to reduce the amount of work disability caused by low back pain (LBP) are informed by the biopsychosocial approach. The biopsychosocial model is supposed to recognise that the course and outcome of any illness is influenced by biological, psychological and social factors. However, research has strongly focused on individual risk factors, i.e. primarily the psychological component of biopsychosocial. In practical terms, ...

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