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Adapting Chronic Pain Self-Management to the Workplace

October 18, 2013 - 11:00am PDT, 2:00pm EDT
Recorded in October, 2013


Chronic medical conditions affect many workplaces in a variety of ways. While there is a rise of self-management programs designed for individuals with chronic diseases or chronic pain, there are benefits that workplaces can gain from the strategies these programs entail.
Dr. William Shaw discusses how these programs can be adapted for use in the workplace.
During this webinar, attendees learn about
  • How prevalent chronic medical conditions that contribute to discomfort and fatigue are in the workplace
  • The most significant workplace problems reported by workers with chronic medical conditions
  • Elements of pain self-management programs might be relevant to coping at work
  • How employers can support workers’ efforts to manage their health problems at work

William S. Shaw, Ph.D., P.E.​

William Shaw is a senior research scientist with the Center for Disability Research at Liberty Mutual Research Institute. His work focuses on improving return-to-work outcomes for work-related musculoskeletal conditions through the integration of clinical and workplace factors. Currently, he is investigating risk factors for delayed recovery from occupational low back pain and examining optimal supervisory practices for responding to workplace injuries. His other studies have focused on patient-provider communication of workplace concerns and the strategies that workers use to stay on the job while managing recurrent pain.

In addition to his current position, Dr. Shaw is an instructor with the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Massachusetts.


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