This fast-moving and practically-oriented session gives physicians a brief overview of simple concepts, tools and resources that provide useful guidance in making decisions about their patients’ sickness absence and return to work. Dr. Christian will answer these questions: Why are these decisions so difficult to make? When is it medically necessary for a patient to stay home? How long should they avoid work? What level of effort is medically appropriate when? When will the patient be able to do their regular job again?
You will learn:
- The three worst possible outcomes of an illness or injury in a working person.
- How to distinguish between medically-required, medically-discretionary, and medically-unnecessary work disability
- What the nocebo effect is, and how it affects recovery and return to work.
- How to use the RTW Screening Test, the Obstacle Question and the Solution Finder to sort out situations and give better advice.
Jennifer Christian, MD, MPH
President and Founder, Webility Corporation
Dr. Jennifer Christian is an internationally-known thought leader and advocate for improving health and functional outcomes and for preventing needless work disability in healthcare, workers’ compensation, and disability benefits systems. Jennifer is board-certified in occupational medicine with medical and public health degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle. She is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine and chairs its Work Fitness & Disability Section. Jennifer is President of Webility Corporation. She also founded the award-winning 60 Summits Project, a nonprofit initiative to propagate the work disability prevention model. It produced 20 multi-stakeholder events in two Canadian provinces and 12 states in the United States.
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