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R = Return to work

  1. Failure to return to work by 52 weeks predicts permanent unemployment in most workers.
  2. Negative attitude to the worker's return to work by employer/treatment provider.
  3. Employer does not have required return to work systems in place. For example, no return to work program, untrained or inexperienced return to work coordinator.
  4. Negative experience of employer's management of injury and return to work processes including absence of contact, lack of open communication or interest in worker by employer.
  5. Unavailability of suitable work to support recovery at work.
  6. Disputed return to work status. For example, nominated treating doctor disagrees with injury management consultant (independent doctor) and/or workplace rehabilitation provider that the worker could recover at work.
  7. Adequate workplace assessment information not available before developing the recovery at work plan.