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Treatment Outcome: Strategies for Addressing the Individual’s Return to Work

Treatment Outcome: Strategies for Addressing the Individual’s Return to Work

The key issues in addressing the patients return to work are:

• For physicians to realize that symptoms not clearly explainable by objectivepathology and that unexplained delayed recovery may be due to psychosocialissues

• For physicians to screen such patients with questionnaires to further documentthat psychosocial issues are a problem

For physicians to involve mental health professional in the care

• of these patients, however that is possible within the constraints of the workers’ compensation system

• For physicians to realize that work is good for people, and that being out of work

actually causes medical disease and premature mortality; (Talmage & Melhorn,2005; Waddell & Burton, 2006).

• For physicians to properly assess risk and capacity, and leave tolerance decisionsto the patient

• For physicians to communicate with employers and case managers so that workplaceissues are addressed as part of the psychosocial treatment

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