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Study investigates best use of GP wellness notes

5th September 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

The best use of fitness notes from doctors is to be investigated in a new study.

Research from the University of Nottingham that was commissioned by the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is hoping to find the best way to facilitate a timely return to work for people with health conditions.

The GP notes were introduced three years ago to replace the old sickness certificate, which allows GPs to recommend whether a patient is fit for work.

Carol Coole, senior research fellow on the project, said: “There is an indirect link between our research and long-term benefit recipients. Most work is good for our health and often people with health conditions can stay at work – or return to work – through quite simple measures.”

Researchers are gaining information through questionnaires and interviews with patients, employers and GPs in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Leicestershire.

This information will then be used to develop the “ideal” fit note.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801634008-ADNFCR


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