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RTW expectations built on trust, workplace support and actions of treatment provider

RTWMatters team

RTW expectations predict recovery from musculoskeletal injury. Workplace supports, trust and the actions of healthcare providers all shape RTW expectations, according to NZ workers

The term “return to work (RTW) expectations” refers to workers’ confidence in their own capacity to get back to work. For workers with musculoskeletal disorders, these expectations are the most consistent and powerful predictors of RTW outcomes. However, research hasn’t yet explored in depth how RTW expectations form and what influences their development. Workplace supports are another influence on RTW outcomes. These may...

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