Returning to Work After Sickness Absence Due to Low Back Pain: A Poetic Representation


  • Laran Chetty



The purpose of this project was to capture the voices of clients through a poetic representation of their experiences and perceptions as they shared their stories of returning to work after a period of sickness absence following an episode of LBP. A retrospective evaluation of electronic chart notes of clients at an occupational health clinic in London, United Kingdom presenting with LBP who were returning to work were reviewed over a six-month period from January 2023 to June 2023. Verbatim comments of clients about their experiences and perceptions were extracted from the electronic chart notes and analysed thematically. A total of 68 electronic chart notes were retrieved and reviewed by a senior physical therapist. A poem called “The struggle within” was developed to represent the experiences and perceptions of clients as they shared their stories. Healthcare professionals should engage not only in evidence-based interventions, but also with the narratives and stories of individuals to ensure a more holistic approach. A poetic representation is one way that healthcare professionals can frame these dialogues. 


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15-09-2023 — Updated on 15-09-2023


How to Cite

Chetty, L. (2023). Returning to Work After Sickness Absence Due to Low Back Pain: A Poetic Representation. British Journal of Multidisciplinary and Advanced Studies, 4(5), 1–8.