We have put together information to keep injured or ill persons informed of what to expect.
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All employers play a crucial role in the prevention and management of workplace injuries.
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Information for Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Exercise Physiologists and Doctors.
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Problems with Diagnosis of Injury/injuries


More complex injuries require a holistic and comprehensive assessment of the injured worker. The model that is supposed to be used and accepted in general health, medicine, and rehabilitation is the bio-psychosocial model and this model become more important with time. What this means is that it is not only the physical aspects of person’s health that needs to be assessed and planned for in treatment. The person’s psychological, and social situation also needs to be considered. For example, psychological responses to injury are inevitable if the injury is significant (or trauma is involved).

 

When the  injury doesn’t resolve or considerable discomfort continues then sleeping, energy levels and ability to carry out activities at home at work can be affected. Financial difficulties also result when income is effected by the injury and there is an incapacity to meet financial commitments. All of these changes and potential challenges are likely to result in increased stress for the injured worker , and have the potential to become associated with clinical anxiety and depression if the underlying issues aren’t addressed. The environment the injured worker lives and is exposed to at work also affects stress levels. An unsupportive employer or limited support networks at home can and usually does compound coping difficulties and treatment responsiveness.

 

The NTD is supposed to have the skills and experiences to assess and identify possible problem areas. Unless the NTD is able to identify barriers and is proficient in making relevant referrals ,treatment access is likely to be delayed and treatment responsiveness reduced.

 

It is at this stage an Occupational Rehabilitation Provider may be required to provide the experise to manage the RTW, or even new treatment providers or specialists to offer another opinion.

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