The psychosocial flags framework: overcoming obstacles to work

Published on July 30, 2015   39 min
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Hi. My name's Kim Burton and I'm a freelance occupational health researcher doing some work with the University of Huddersfield. I've been asked to talk about the psychosocial flags framework with a focus on overcoming obstacles to work. Now, I'm fully aware that this series is about back pain, but I'm not going to talk about back pain specifically. I think probably at some point, I will mention it, but I'm focusing on the world of work, not the world of back pain.
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Work is what defines us. It's what we do. It's the second question you ask somebody in the pub. What's your name? What do you do?
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There's an interface between work and health. And the traditional occupational health paradigm sees work as something that can produce some sort of trauma which will lead to injury or disease. So the concept is that work is hazardous, it affects the worker, and will do harm. The focus is all on a causal relationship between work and the outcome, which is injury or disease. It's a totally reasonable concept and it applies to lots of things, but it doesn't explain everything that we see.
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