Returning to work after long term sickness absence due to low back pain – the struggle within: a qualitative study of the patient’s experience

Cormac Ryan, Douglas Lauchlan, Leigh Rooney, Caroline J. Hollins Martin, Heather Gray

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Low back pain (LBP) is a major cause of work absence. Assisting individuals back into work is an important part of rehabilitation. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of individuals returning to work after an episode of sickness absence due to LBP. Five women employed by a UK University who had returned to work. In this qualitative study, participants underwent semi-structured interviews about their experiences. The transcripts were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433-444
Number of pages12
JournalWork: a Journal of Prevention & Rehabilitation
Issue number3
Early online date20 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - 2014



  • rehabilitation
  • qork absence
  • interpretative phenomenological analysis.

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