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Elaine Wainwright

, and Christopher Eccleston

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date: 31 March 2020

This chapter sets out how the book achieves its aim of providing an authoritative, thought-provoking analysis of the relationship between all forms of occupation (school, employment, later life production) and pain. We begin with a brief introduction to why this aim is important, and show what a consideration of work and pain can offer. We introduce our life-span approach and scope of the book, covering Foundations (what is work, what is pain, how do they link), Investigations (into the interactions between pain and family life, learning, emerging adulthood, the occupational health workforce, and later life), and Interventions (from psychological, workplace, and policy-making perspectives). We signpost readers to our Discussion in which we bring together the book’s findings in a conceptual and analytical map of the forces of change in work, occupation, and pain management to suggest future ways of thinking about policy, practice, and research agendas.

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