What is the Long-term Capacity to Return to Work following Gunshot Injury?

Research Paper Title Occupational outcomes following combat-related gunshot injury: Cohort study. Background The long-term impact of gun violence on physical function and occupational disability remains poorly explored. The researchers sought to examine the effect of combat-related gunshot injury on work capacity within a cohort of military service members and identify clinical characteristics that influence the… Read More

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Are IQ & Mental Health Problems Predictors of Future Disability Benefits & Early Mortality for Young (Military) Men?

Research Paper Title IQ and mental health are vital predictors of work drop out and early mortality. Multi-state analyses of Norwegian male conscripts. Background Disability benefits and sick leave benefits represents huge costs in western countries. The pathways and prognostic factors for receiving these benefits seen in recent years are complex and manifold. The researchers… Read More

Body Diagram Scores & Psychosocial Factors to Pain Intensity & Disability in Patients With Musculoskeletal Pain

Research Paper Title Unique Contributions of Body Diagram Scores and Psychosocial Factors to Pain Intensity and Disability in Patients With Musculoskeletal Pain in a Military Primary Care Clinic. Background Body diagrams are often use to document symptom and have also been used as a proxy to assess psychological influence. However, literature on their value for… Read More

At Least 95% of People have at Least One Health Complaint!

The world is sick (apparently), with about 95% of people have at least one health complaint, with a third of us having more than five; so writes the New Scientist based on a report by Theo Vos and colleagues. Becoming better at avoiding early death means we spend longer being susceptible to ill health that… Read More

Beware of Attendance Bonuses tied to Sickness Absence!

A tribunal case has found that a bonus scheme linked to attendance was discriminatory. In the case of Land Registry v Houghton, the employer operated a discretionary bonus scheme where any employee who received a formal warning for sickness absence would not be able to receive it. However, a number of employees were disabled, meaning… Read More

Depression- & Anxiety-related Sick Leave Leads Early Retirement

Research Paper Title Depression- and Anxiety-related Sick Leave and the Risk of Permanent Disability and Mortality in the Working Population in Germany: A Cohort Study. Background Anxiety and depression are the most common psychiatric disorders and are the cause of a large and increasing amount of sick-leave in most developed countries. They are also implicated… Read More

Can Obesity be a Disability?

It is only necessary to establish ‘an impairment’ and its effect, not its cause, says the EAT  In Walker v Sita Information Networking Computing Ltd the EAT (Employment Appeals Tribunal) had to determine whether an ET (employment tribunal) was right to rule that an obese employee was not disabled because there was no identifiable cause… Read More