Thursday, April 13, 2006

Chronic Pain: The 'Silent Disorder'

Chronic pain under-reported in workplace ...

"From headaches to respiratory conditions to arthritis, many Americans battle chronic pain on and off the job. But often they hide those conditions from their employers due to social stigmas and out of fear of being viewed as incompetent.

"Generally speaking, chronic pain and other physical and mental disorders have been categorized as 'silent disorders' in the workplace simply because most employees are afraid of the consequences if employers find out," says Wayne Hochwarter, an associate professor of management in Florida State University's College of Business.

Hochwater, who has conducted several studies to examine the role of chronic pain on work factors such as job stress, employee performance and organizational profitability, says his research shows that chronic pain at work has a significant effect on both the worker and the organization."   continued ...   (Via Occupational Hazards)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We know what chronic pain is; how do you treat it?

2:38 PM  

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