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June/July 2009 (vol. 06/1)

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Return to work after brain injury

A systematic review in people with acquired brain injury found strong evidence that people with an extended hospital stay are less likely to return to work (RTW) than those hospitalised for shorter periods. It found strong evidence that gender, injury severity, depression and anxiety are not associated with RTW outcome. There was no evidence that income, job stability and military rank are associated with RTW, and only inconsistent evidence for an association with pre-injury occupation. There was weak evidence that being able to carry out daily living activities (including walking) increases RTW, and weak evidence that residual disability reduces RTW; both factors are potential targets for vocational rehabilitation.

Brain Injury 2009; 23(5): 385–395.

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Occupational Health at Work June/July 2009 (vol. 06/1) pp41