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Title: Staying at work with back pain: Patients' experiences of work-related help received from GPs and other clinicians. A qualitative study
Authors: Coole, Carol
Watson, Paul J.
Drummond, Avril
First Published: 27-Aug-2010
Publisher: BioMed Central Ltd
Citation: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 2010, 11:190
Abstract: Background: Low back pain commonly affects work ability, but little is known about the work-related help and advice that patients receive from GPs and other clinicians. The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of employed people with back pain and their perceptions of how GPs and other clinicians have addressed their work difficulties. Methods: A qualitative approach with thematic analysis was used. Individual interviews were carried out with twenty-five employed patients who had been referred for back pain rehabilitation. All had expressed concern about their ability to work due to low back pain. Results: The perception of the participants was that GPs and other clinicians had provided little or no work-focused guidance and support and rarely communicated with employers. Sickness certification was the main method that GPs used to manage participants' work problems. Few had received assistance with temporary modifications and many participants had remained in work despite the advice they had received. There was little expectation of what GPs and other clinicians could offer to address work issues. Conclusions: These findings question the ability of GPs and other clinicians to provide work-focused support and advice to patients with low back pain. Future research is recommended to explore how the workplace problems of patients can be best addressed by health professionals.
DOI Link: 10.1186/1471-2474-11-190
eISSN: 1471-2474
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, Dept. of Health Sciences

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