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Title: Participants' evaluation of a brief intervention for pain-related work disability
Contributor(s): Dunstan, Debra  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2014
DOI: 10.1097/MRR.0000000000000069
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
170107 Industrial and Organisational Psychology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520104 Industrial and organisational psychology (incl. human factors)
520303 Counselling psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 920204 Evaluation of Health Outcomes
920209 Mental Health Services
920505 Occupational Health
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 200202 Evaluation of health outcomes
200305 Mental health services
200507 Occupational health
Abstract: The aim of the study was to describe participants' evaluation of a light cognitive-behavioral therapy-based intervention for pain-related work disability. The sample ('n'=33) participated in a 6-week program and had the following features: mean age was 41 years; 67% men; 54.5% back injury; 48.5% unskilled; and mean time lost from work was 16.6 months (range 2-161 months). A program evaluation form was completed. The program was reportedly helpful for improving pain self-management, activity levels, and work resumption. However, over 25% of the sample requested more time be spent on sleep strategies, relaxation, and anger and flare-ups management. It 'did not solve the pain problem'. Despite making gains in pain management, many participants continued to experience pain and desired to sleep better, relax more, and be distress and pain free. This ongoing suffering may be under recognized in a system that focuses on return-to-work before full recovery.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: International Journal of Rehabilitation Research, 37(4), p. 368-370
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0342-5282
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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