Fantastic resource

Blatant advertising today! I’m blown away by the content available in RTW Matters.  I occasionally get to write a column for them, so I’ll own up to that right now, but despite my bias – this list of topics is exactly what I’d like everyone in pain management to read (and these ones are free! – there is a subscriber service with more content too)

Take a look at these topics:

Facilitators and Barriers to Return to Work: A Literature Review (Australia – Institute for Primary Care)

On Giving Advice to People Who Are Coping with Disability / Impairment at Home or Work
(US – Webility)

Are People with Disability at Risk at Work – A Review of the Evidence (Australia – Safety and Compensation Council)

But wait – there’s more!

Tools for healthier lives (US – Mayo Clinic)

Glossary of jargon words often used in medicine (UK – Bandolier)

The winter fitness survival guide (Australia – ABC)

Do I need to go on?
I haven’t even started to list the resources for health providers…

Seriously, if we work in the area of chronic pain, we need to know about anything and everything that will help our clients/patients return to work. Working is normal, healthy, and an important part of our lives. Without working, people’s health suffers. Two references to read and ponder if you’re not convinced that working is healthy…(thanks to Dr JA for his links to these two references)

Bamia, C., Trichopoulou, A., Trichopoulos D., (2008). Age at retirement and mortality in a general population sample: the Greek EPIC study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 167, 561-569.

Tsai, SP., Wendt JK., Donnelly, RP., de Jong, G., Ahmed, FS. (2005). Age at retirement and long term survival of an industrial population: prospective cohort study. BMJ doi:10.1136/bmj.38586.448704.E0.

A couple of other links for RTW info:
rtw knowledge
Institute for work and health


  1. A timely reminder of the importance of evidence-based practice! I have found so many useful resources from reading your blog so thanks very much! The rtw knowledge website in particular is a great resource and is presented in such a way that it would be easy to share the information with clients. Please continue ‘blatantly advertising’!!

    1. Thanks so much for the comments Natalie! It’s a pleasure to bring them to you. If there is anything you’d like me to add, just drop me a line through the ‘About’ page, and I’ll see what I can do.

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