Returning to work after an injury

Fenner, Peter (2013) Returning to work after an injury. Australian Family Physician, 42 (4). pp. 182-185.

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Background: Workplace injuries are common, cause significant morbidity for workers and have considerable economic impact. General practitioners can play an important role in facilitating early return to work, improving outcomes for all parties.

Objective: This article provides guiding principles for the initial assessment and early treatment phase of injury with a primary focus on the rehabilitation and return to work process.

Discussion: A case management approach to assist injured workers return to work that involves collaboration between the injured worker, medical and rehabilitation providers, the employer and work insurers, achieves better outcomes. Efficient rehabilitation involves good initial assessment, effective early treatment, early mobilisation and good communication between all parties. General practitioners have an important role to play in facilitating this process.

Item ID: 31123
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 0300-8495
Keywords: occupational injuries; musculoskeletal medicine; worker's compensation
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2014 00:10
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111705 Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control @ 100%
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