Research Updates

Left behind in the RTW journey - Part 1

Dr Mary Wyatt

A look at barriers to return to work for those out of work for two years. Return to work after being off work for long periods is challenging and uncommon, understanding the barriers is vital.

Take Home Messages Common barriers that disempower workers and prolong work disability need to be identified and addressed. Traditionally, there has been a focus on medical restrictions and capacity, but addressing barriers to do with communication, bureaucracy and the workers' compensation system is actually more likely to improve return to work outcomes.  Strategies that foster worker engagement are also an important part of improving r...

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