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How Can Doctors Help Their Patients to Return to Work?

  • Jos H Verbeek
  • Published: March 28, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030088

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Labels are dubious and unhelpful

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:53 GMT

Author: 'susanne' 'mccabe'
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Submitted Date: April 12, 2006
Published Date: April 24, 2006
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The state of being out of work is still highly stgmatised. To desribe those who have difficulty in getting back to employment as having 'adjustment disorder' is not helpful. Paradoxically in this issue the increasing medicalisation of normal behaviour is challenged when relating to treatments targeted by the pharmaceutical industry. There is equally a massive psychology industry which needs monitoring.

Competing interests declared: Mor labels are dubious and unhelpful