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The social network — how others’ fears about pain affect RTW

Lauren Finestone

The fears that the people around injured workers — their employers, family members and GPs — have about pain and (re)injury can influence RTW. Everyone involved in the RTW process must get the message that the benefits of returning to work outweigh any potential risks.

We know that getting back to work safely and quickly after an injury is closely tied to recovery. It can boost self-esteem, maintain a worker’s sense of identity and speed up physical and psychological healing.  We also know that a person doesn't have to be fully fit to return to work. Recovery can continue after they get back to work. The problem is that many people are afraid of getting hurt again or making things worse, so they av...

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Published 19 March, 2024