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Managing pain-related limitations in the workplace: The role of the employer 

Managing pain-related limitations in the workplace: The role of the employer
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Managing pain-related limitations in the workplace: The role of the employer
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Chris J. Main

, and William S. Shaw

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198828273.003.0010
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date: 08 April 2020

The main focus of this chapter is on pain-related work limitations (PWL), and in particular on the role of the employer and the challenges of implementing change in an occupational environment often focused sharply on profit and the avoidance of litigation. It will be argued that full and appropriate engagement in a healthy and motivated workforce is in everyone’s interests, although changes in the types of work, in working conditions, and in increasingly diverse work practices, represent real challenges in the design of interventions and their implementation in practice. In this chapter we begin with a description and attempted quantification of the burden of PWL. We then offer a review of the major organizational processes, the influence of management structures and prognostic factors before considering workplace interventions, and the influence of health/social policy. We conclude with a series of recommendations for an integrated approach to the management of PWL.

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