Workers’ beliefs and expectations affect return to work over 12 months

Heymans, Martjin W., de Vet, Henrika C. W., Knol, Dirk L., Bongers, Paulien M., Koes, Bart W. and van Mechelen, Willem (2006) Workers’ beliefs and expectations affect return to work over 12 months. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 16 4: 685-695. doi:10.1007/s10926-006-9058-8

Author Heymans, Martjin W.
de Vet, Henrika C. W.
Knol, Dirk L.
Bongers, Paulien M.
Koes, Bart W.
van Mechelen, Willem
Title Workers’ beliefs and expectations affect return to work over 12 months
Journal name Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1053-0487
Publication date 2006-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10926-006-9058-8
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 685
End page 695
Total pages 11
Place of publication United States
Publisher Plenum Press
Language eng
Subject 1103 Clinical Sciences
Formatted abstract
Successful management of workers on sick leave due to low back pain depends on the identification by the occupational physician of modifiable prognostic factors in the early phase of sick-leave. The prognostic value of factors which influence the course of low back pain and return to work in occupational health care is unclear.


Secondary data analysis in a cohort of 299 workers on sick leave between 3 and 6 weeks due to low back pain was applied. We investigated the association of a broad set of prognostic indicators related to characteristics of worker, job, low back pain and psychosocial issues on return to work lasting at least 4 weeks (lasting-RTW) and minimally 1 day of first return to work (first-RTW).
Keyword Low back pain
Prognostic model
Occupational health care
Patients’ expectations
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences Publications
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