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Positive illness perceptions associated with earlier return to work

A patient’s perception of their illness can influence their coping ability, compliance with treatment and functional recovery. This study compares perceptions of illness, fitness to return to work and time to return to work among employees with those of their occupational physicians (OPs). 84 employees and 9 OPs filled in several questionnaires including the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire. Employees had more negative perceptions (longer duration, more symptoms and concersn) about their illness than OPs. Positive perceptions (shorter lasting illness, more treatable, less symptoms and concern) were associated with an earlier return to work. Unhelpful negative beliefs about illness need to be addressed by OPs.

Perceptions of illness and their impact on sickness absence
Prosenjit Giri, Jon Poole, Peter Nightingale and Alastair Robertson
Occupational Medicine 2009 59(8):550-555; doi:10.1093/occmed/kqp123 Read the rest of this entry »

Filed under: Health, Occupational medicine, RTW (Return to Work), Well-being,


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