June 8: Report Raises Concern about Treatment of Chronic Pain Sufferers
A Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report found serious flaws in how WorkSafeBC deals with injured workers who develop chronic pain. The researchers identified seven key issues facing chronic pain sufferers, including disbelief on the part of employers and the board. The most troubling finding was the extent to which the interviewees had contemplated and attempted suicide. The report includes recommendations for change, such as not sending patients with serious chronic pain back to work too soon.