"No Man's Land": the experiences of persons injured in a road traffic crash wanting to return to work in Queensland, Australia

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Abedi, Masoumeh, Aplin, Aplin, Gane, Elise and Johnston, Venerina. 2024. ""No Man's Land": the experiences of persons injured in a road traffic crash wanting to return to work in Queensland, Australia." Disability and Rehabilitation. 46 (1), pp. 48-57. https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2022.2153178
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"No Man's Land": the experiences of persons injured in a road traffic crash wanting to return to work in Queensland, Australia

ERA Journal ID16035
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsAbedi, Masoumeh, Aplin, Aplin, Gane, Elise and Johnston, Venerina
Journal TitleDisability and Rehabilitation
Journal Citation46 (1), pp. 48-57
Number of Pages10
Year01 Jan 2024
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0963-8288
1464-5165
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/09638288.2022.2153178
Web Address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09638288.2022.2153178
Abstract

Purpose
This study aimed to explore individuals’ experiences of return to work (RTW) following minor to serious road traffic injury (RTI) in Queensland, Australia; seek their recommendations if any, on how to provide support for RTW after RTI; and identify the strategies and resources used to return and remain at work after their RTI.

Methods
The interpretive description methodological approach was used. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eligible participants (n = 18) aged 18–65 y who had experienced a minor to serious RTI at least 6 months earlier. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the data.

Results
Five themes emerged: (1) physical and mental consequences of RTI negatively impact RTW; (2) money matters; (3) RTW support makes a difference; (4) feeling alone and confused in the RTW process; and (5) several strategies and resources helped with return/stay at work after RTI. Regular contact and cooperation with employers and insurers, job modifications, and using social media to obtain information and social support were helpful RTW strategies. Participants recommended timely and appropriate medical care, financial assistance, and educational support.

Conclusions
Policy changes to reduce financial stress, increase employer support, and improve injured individuals’ knowledge following a RTI are recommended in jurisdictions operating a fault-based scheme.

KeywordsReturn to work; traffic accidents; insurance; qualitative research
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420109. Rehabilitation
420399. Health services and systems not elsewhere classified
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
Prince Charles Hospital, Australia
Princess Alexandra Hospital, Australia
Metro South Health, Queensland
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