A study published by the Institut de recherche Robert-Sauvé en santé et en sécurité du travail (IRSST) reveals, among other things, the disastrous consequences for injured workers when they do not feel believed or supported during their absence from work. Researchers actually observed the importance of workers' social reality for better understanding their rehabilitation process by listening to representations of health, illness and pain by workers unable to return to work due to musculoskeletal-related pain.
The results of this innovative study related to the rehabilitation of workers suffering from MSD are aimed mainly at occupational health and safety practitioners and rehabilitation counsellors. The latter will be able to use this research to establish action plans that are better adapted to the reality of people living with MSD. Studying and appreciating the testimonies promotes an in-depth understanding of the emotions, attitudes and behaviours that influence adaptation strategies for patients on the road to recovery or in rehabilitation.
The report on "MSDs The Impact of Health, Illness, Pain and Recovery-Strategy Representations on the Work Rehabilitation Process" can be downloaded free of charge at www.irsst.qc.ca/files/documents/PubIRSST/R-592.pdf.
© Copyright Canadian Occupational Safety, HAB Press. All rights reserved.