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J Rehabil Med. 2009 Feb;41(3):115-21. doi: 10.2340/16501977-0297.

Multidisciplinary interventions: review of studies of return to work after rehabilitation for low back pain.

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Section for Personal Injury Prevention, Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden. norlund@sbu.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to analyse the efficacy of multidisciplinary interventions on return to work for people on sick leave due to low back pain.

METHODS:

A systematic review of published studies was performed, including a meta-analysis. Identified publications were assessed for relevance and study quality.

RESULTS:

A meta-analysis based on 5 studies from Scandinavia verified the scientific evidence for the efficacy of multidisciplinary interventions on return to work.

CONCLUSION:

Although long-term sick leave due to low back pain represents a large problem for the community and multidisciplinary interventions are often advocated, surprisingly few published studies have return to work as an outcome. There is evidence for a clinically relevant effect of multidisciplinary interventions on return to work.

PMID:
19229442
DOI:
10.2340/16501977-0297
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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