Research Updates

Threat assessments make or break RTW with PTSD

RTWMatters team

Treaters and RTW professionals who want to promote safe and timely RTW amongst people with PTSD should pay particular attention to threat appraisals – i.e. whether symptoms and / or the workplace are perceived as dangerous.

After experiencing traumatic events that threaten the life or safety of self or others, some people develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). A substantial minority of workers who experience a psychologically traumatic work event and subsequently develop PTSD do not return to work. People with PTSD have three types of symptoms, all of which have the potential to complicate the RTW process. These are: Re-experiencing the event (e.g. ...

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