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How to use the site

Navigating the site

Research articles

The site has been organized so article viewing can be done in a number of ways.

1. Looking at all research articles

2. Looking at articles considered most relevant to groups – employees, employers, treating practitioners, insurers

3. Looking at articles by topic – eg consequences of being off work, workplace factors and return to work

4. Searching for articles by key word – eg back pain, supervisor, communication.
To view the articles most relevant to a certain group, click on the tabs at the top of the page. A list of articles, including the title and a brief summary will appear. You will need to scroll down to see all of the articles. The articles are also organized by topic (e.g. articles about back injury, or workplace issues). To view the articles about a certain topic, click on that topic in the left hand column.

Each article reviews a scientific study that has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. The articles have been ‘translated for ease of reading. Each article includes

At a glance - a summary of the study findings

Perspectives – the take away messages from the article and the topic. Included are some practical suggestions from that particular article, and bringing together information from the article with other research from the field.

Background Original Article, Authors & Publication Details – The scientific publication details

Background, Study Objectives, How It Was Done – The reason the study was done, and how the study was performed.

Study Findings – The results of the research

Conclusions – The conclusions of the study

References – Most articles have a link to the article on PubMed. PubMed is a service of the US National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million scientific articles. Click on the link to go to the article on the PubMed website. The scientifically written summary of the article should be visible.

On the right hand side of the PubMed page are links to the article publisher. Clicking on those links will lead to the publisher's website where the full text of the scientific article may be purchased.


As well as research articles there are links to resources that provide further valuable information. These have been drawn from a range of:
  • Medical bodies
  • Government organisations
  • Research bodies
  • Not for profit organisations
  • Private organisations
Resource information includes:
  • Links to websites
  • Published reports
  • Guidelines for health care
  • Webcasts
  • Information on return to work from relevant compensation authority sites.

The information is intended to be practical and assist groups develop their understanding of how to bring about improvements in return to work outcomes.

Resources can be accessed by clicking on the link in the top left section of each group's page. The resource will open in another window.

Sharing information

Knowledge helps. Sharing information influence others, starts discussions, answers questions, and can contribute to change.

Information can be shared by

1. Printing an article and giving to another to read
2. Emailing an article
3. Sending a link to a page on the site

Sharing information works best when it is done in a positive way. There is a lot of information on the site that helps us understand the best way to help people with a work injury. However unless a person has spent a significant proportion of their life working in this area, much of this information may be new to them. Research articles are difficult to access and hard to read if you have not extensively studied statistics.

Articles can be given to
  • Claims managers
  • Treating practitioners, such as the GP, physiotherapist, surgeon
  • Employees with an injury
  • Supervisors
  • Return to work coordinators

Provide any article in a positive way, as an offer of assistance or suggestion. Ask questions based on the information, discuss.

Coming back to the site

Some pages will be particularly useful - to review for yourself, to send to others, to print out for people.

We recommend you bookmark the site and relevant pages.

Robert Hughes

Project Manager Knowledge Base Project Team

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