Rhiannon Buck

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Introduction: Musculoskeletal complaints can impact on work in terms of productivity, sickness absence and long term incapacity for work. While employee attitudes and knowledge can drive absenteeism and presenteeism behaviour, managers also play an important role in influencing this via the quality of their relationships with employees and their role in(More)
BACKGROUND A number of factors influence an individual's decision to take sickness absence or to remain at work while ill. The relationship between health, work characteristics, individual perceptions of work and sickness absence and performance is complex and further clarification of the interactions between these factors is necessary. AIMS To assess the(More)
OBJECTIVE To investigate the utility of the Work and Organization Assessment Questionnaire (WOAQ) for public sector data. METHODS A cross-sectional survey was performed in public sector organizations measuring demographics, work characteristics, work perceptions (WOAQ), sickness absence, and work performance. RESULTS Confirmatory factor analysis of the(More)
BACKGROUND Presenteeism often precedes and follows a period of work absence. Cross-sectional analysis of a workforce survey highlighted health, psychosocial and work characteristics as being particularly important in understanding current work performance, but it is unclear whether these variables predict future work performance. AIMS To establish whether(More)
Introduction: Common health problems have a significant impact on work productivity (presenteeism), and sickness absence. The aim of this study was to examine the attitudes and beliefs of employees in the public sector about common health problems and work using the Flags system as a conceptual framework to identify problems and potential solutions. Method:(More)
This review aims to bring together current evidence on the impact of chronic pain in terms of its economic costs, cost to healthcare services and benefit agencies, and quality of life, and to discuss the implications of this for government policies. Quantifying the burden and cost of pain is challenging due to its multi-factorial nature and wide reaching(More)
Common health problems (CHPs) such as pain, depressed mood and fatigue are often cited as causes of disability and incapacity for work. The aim of this qualitative study was to investigate beliefs about CHPs in relation to work. Focus groups (n=16) were undertaken with 79 people aged 17-83 in South Wales, UK, where there is a high prevalence of limiting(More)
Introduction Common health problems such as pain, depression and fatigue have a high impact on daily life, work and healthcare utilization. This study aimed to investigate the prevalence of these complaints in a UK community setting and to establish whether psychosocial risk factors, or ‘yellow flags’, moderate their impact on daily life and work. Methods(More)
Pain has a significant impact on work in terms of presenteeism, sickness absence, and long-term incapacity for workA bio-psychosocial approach is required in understanding pain-related disability and incapacity for workLong-term absence from work is associated with a number of negative outcomes including; poverty, social exclusion and poorer physical and(More)