Print Email Facebook Twitter Ineffective disability management by doctors is an obstacle for return-to-work: A cohort study on low back pain patients sicklisted for 3-4 months Title Ineffective disability management by doctors is an obstacle for return-to-work: A cohort study on low back pain patients sicklisted for 3-4 months Author Anema, J.R. van der Giezen, A.M. Buijs, P.C. van Mechelen, W. Publication year 2002 Abstract The aim of this article is to determine obstacles for return-to-work in disability management of low back pain patients sicklisted for three till four months. A cohort of 467 low back pain patients was recruited. A questionnaire was sent to their occupational physicians (OPs) concerning the medical management, obstacles to return-to-work, and the communication with treating physicians. The OPs of 300 of 467 patients participated in this study. In many cases OPs regarded the clinical waiting period (43%), duration of treatment (41%), and view (25%) of the treating physicians as obstacles for return-to-work. In only 19% of the patients there was communication between OP and treating physician. Surprisingly communication was also limited, when OPs felt that the waiting period (32%), duration of treatment (30%), and view (28%) of treating physicians inhibited return-to-work. Medical management of treating physicians is often an obstacle for return to work regarding low back pain patients sicklisted for three till four months, in the opinion of OPs. Nevertheless communication between OPs and the treating physicians in disability management of these patients is limited. Subject WorkplaceBeroepsrehabilitatieRugklachtenHerniaBedrijfsartsenBedrijfsverpleegkundigenReintegratieArbeidsgehandicaptenInterne communicatieRapportageVerslagleggingAdolescentAdultAttitude of Health PersonnelClinical CompetenceCohort StudiesEmploymentFamily PracticeFemaleFollow-Up StudiesHumansInterprofessional RelationsLow Back PainMaleMiddle AgedOccupational Health ServicesProspective StudiesQuestionnairesRegression AnalysisSick Leave absenteeismCohort analysisConflictDisabilityInformationInterpersonal communicationMajor clinical studyMotivationOccupational physicianPhysicianRiskSocial psychologyWork resumption To reference this document use: http://resolver.tudelft.nl/uuid:14eb4ff3-c663-4ed7-a4f3-1c50705c5882 DOI https://doi.org/10.1136/oem.59.11.729 TNO identifier 276813 Source Occupational and environmental medicine, 59 (11), 729-733 Document type article Files To receive the publication files, please send an e-mail request to TNO Library.