Rapid Return to Work

Most agriculture trauma is minor, and injured workers can and should be sent back to work in some capacity as soon as possible. A rapid return to work takes advantage of the "healthy worker effect," i.e., people get better faster if they are returned to work (44-47).

Not all employees can be immediately returned to work at full duty; yet there is some work they can do. Many injured employees can be placed on modified duty so they can be returned to work to take advantage of the healthy worker effect and at the same time earn a living. Many employers have modified duty programs for injured workers and it is important for the employer and physician to work in concert to develop a return to work program (46-48).

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