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Barriers to Return to Work

‘Barriers to Return to Work: A literature review’ is a summary of current literature relating to the barriers to return to work. The report examines the factors that influence return to work in a workers’ compensation context with a focus on injury characteristics and individual perceptions, and workplace relationships.

Key findings from the report include:

  • Return to work is a multi-factorial outcome, meaning an injured employee’s experiences and situations are complex and return to work cannot be solely predicted from the physical or medical dimensions of an injury or illness.
  • Interventions should consider both the nature of the injury and an individual’s self-assessed health status.
  • Workplace relationship factors that can positively influence return to work include:
    • supportive conditions at work
    • employee’s relationship with supervisor
    • co-worker support.

The view the full report:

In support of the findings of the Barriers to Return to Work report, Comcare has developed an infographic outlining practical actions that supervisors and co-workers can take to support a team member returning from injury.

For further information, please see the Back to work, Back to team infographic.

Page last updated: 26 May 2017