Pain Self-Management at Work
Pain self-management at work is the ability of individuals to master issues of communication, job modification, pacing, and problem-solving to overcome health challenges at work. For workers with chronic pain problems, this approach can improve workplace function, coping, job satisfaction, social relations at work, and organizational support.
One significant trend in the workforce is the advancing median age of workers and the growing prevalence of chronic medical conditions that can contribute to workplace pain, fatigue, task limitations, and reduced productivity. Approximately 40% of working adults report persistent or recurrent musculoskeletal pain conditions or other chronic health conditions that limit their ability to work (Burton et al. 2004). Because of aging trends in the workforce, the prevalence of chronic medical conditions, especially musculoskeletal conditions, will increase in coming years, and this may lead to productivity losses for employers...
References and Further Readings
- Shaw, W. S., Tveito, T. H., Geehern-Lavoie, M., Huang, Y. H., Nicholas, M. K., Reme, S. E., Wagner, G., & Pransky, G. (2012). Adapting principles of chronic pain self-management to the workplace. Disability and Rehabilitation, 32(24), 2035–2045.Google Scholar