Work-related musculoskeletal injury and suicide: Opportunities for intervention and therapeutic jurisprudence.

Marie-Claire Davis, Joseph Elias Ibrahim, David Ranson, Joan Ozanne-Smith, Virginia Routley

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This article presents evidence for the existence of a common trajectory from work-related musculoskeletal injury to suicide. Specifically, it is argued that the pathway from injury to suicide is typically mediated by three critical events: unsuccessful return to work; the development of chronic pain or disability; and suicidal ideation in the context of chronic pain. The moderating influence of systemic factors is also examined, along with opportunities for intervention at the individual and systemic levels, the latter arising from a therapeutic jurisprudence perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-121
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Law and Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2013

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