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Work-focused back pain counselling

Two work-focused counselling sessions conducted by an occupational physician aimed to address workplace barriers and improve physical activity in workers with low back pain (LBP). The randomised controlled trial involved 300 LBP patients who, independently of sickness absence, were concerned about their ability to remain in their current job. None were being referred for surgery. It resulted in significant improvements in physical functioning, pain score and reduced LBP-related sick leave after three months’ follow-up.

Occupational & Environmental Medicine 2011; online first: doi:10.1136/oem.2010.064055

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Occupational Health at Work August/September 2011 (vol. 08/2) pp43