Douleurs et travail : aider le patient à garder un emploi


Introduction.— A significant part of the workers suffer from musculoskeletal pain (back pain,upper limb). Some of them are at risk to ose their job due to their health condition. Objective. — The aim of the article is to describe synthetically what actors and measure can be used in order to help a patient keep his/her job in spite of the pain. Results.— First place measures include a visit with the occupational physician before work resumption, part-time return to work and workplace accommodation.Second place measures require that a professional project is built by the patient supported by a knowledgeable person. These measures depend on the funding agency.They are devoted to compensate the work disability situation, and/or to provide the training required by the patient’s project. Discussion and conclusion. — Work disability prevention faces many challenges due to barriers between the stakeholders, scattering of the knowledge and the complexity of legislative issues.However, it remains possible provided the patient is committed and supported by a case manager in charge of coordinating the information and the stakeholders. Confidence and collaboration are key issues in the process.

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This paper was published in Okina.

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