October/November 2019 (vol. 16/3)

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Managing long-term sickness absence, part 2

part 2: barriers and facilitators to return to work


In the second of a three-part series, occupational physician Paul Nicholson discusses the latest research into barriers and facilitators to return to work.

In 2018, this journal defined the biopsychosocial factors involved in triggering, prolonging and managing long-term sickness absence (LTSA) as identified in a survey of 295 occupational health (OH) professionals working for in-house services or for third-party providers1,2. . The first in the current short series of articles discussed the challenges and opportunities identified by the survey3 and this article focuses on the recent evidence surrounding barriers and facilitators to return to work (RTW). The final part will provide practical guidance regarding training managers to manage LTSA…


Dr Paul Nicholson is an occupational physician, past president of the Society of Occupational Medicine and past chair of the BMA Occupational Medicine Committee. He was the Faculty of Occupational Medicine’s clinical lead responsible for developing the SEQOHS standards and accreditation scheme, and was part of the global team which owned Procter & Gamble’s Health Systems Key Elements and trained and calibrated auditors.


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Occupational Health at Work October/November 2019 (vol. 16/3) pp20-26

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