More than ever, the term workplace disabilities is synonymous with greater clinical and case management complexity and escalating personal, social, occupational and economic cost. Complex illnesses and injuries that defy a traditional medical management model continue to baffle medical, mental health, rehabilitation, compensation, corporate, and legal professionals despite new advances in diagnosis, prevention, and rehabilitation. This book cuts through the confusion by integrating current theories and findings into a state-of-the-art tool for critical thinking, decision making, and effective practice. Its emphasis is on early detection of risk and management to prevent injury from developing into long-term disability.
Content includes: Conceptual and methodological issues in the prediction of disability - Biopsychosocial perspectives on the most prevalent disabling conditions, including chronic pain syndromes, repetitive strain injuries, depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injury, and post traumatic stress disorder - Application of clinical findings to the rehabilitation, disability management, occupational and compensation arenas, and return-to-work practices - In-depth discussion of the relationship between impairment and work disability - Specific evidence-based early intervention approaches for workers and patients at risk.