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Managing employees undergoing total hip and knee replacement: experiences of workplace representatives (2018)
Journal Article
Nouri, F., Coole, C., Narayanasamy, M., Baker, P., Khan, S., & Drummond, A. (2018). Managing employees undergoing total hip and knee replacement: experiences of workplace representatives. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, doi:10.1007/s10926-018-9805-7. ISSN 1053-0487

Joint replacement is a cost-effective and efficient method of relieving pain, and improving function and health related quality of life, for people with arthritis of the hip and knee [1]. Arthritis-related loss of physical function is associated with... Read More

Development of an occupational advice intervention for patients undergoing lower limb arthroplasty (the OPAL study) (2018)
Journal Article
Baker, P., Coole, C., Drummond, A. E., McDaid, C., Khan, S., Thomson, L., …Rangan, A. (2018). Development of an occupational advice intervention for patients undergoing lower limb arthroplasty (the OPAL study). BMC Health Services Research, 18, doi:10.1186/s12913-018-3238-z

Background: There are an increasing number of patients of working age undergoing hip and knee replacements. Currently there is variation in the advice and support given about sickness absence, recovery to usual activities and return to work after the... Read More

Engaging workplace representatives in research: what recruitment strategies work best? (2018)
Journal Article
Coole, C., Nouri, F., Narayanasamy, M., Baker, P., Khan, S., & Drummond, A. E. (2018). Engaging workplace representatives in research: what recruitment strategies work best?. Occupational Medicine, 68(4), doi:10.1093/occmed/kqy047. ISSN 0962-7480

Background Workplaces are key stakeholders in work and health but little is known about the methods used to recruit workplace representatives (WRs), including managers, occupational health advisers and colleagues, to externally funded healthcare r... Read More

Recommendations to facilitate the ideal fit note: are they achievable in practice? (2015)
Journal Article
Coole, C., Nouri, F., Potgieter, I., Watson, P. J., Thomson, L., Hampton, R., & Drummond, A. (2015). Recommendations to facilitate the ideal fit note: are they achievable in practice?. BMC Family Practice, 16(138), doi:10.1186/s12875-015-0360-4. ISSN 1471-2296

Background: Although the UK fit note has been broadly welcomed as a tool to facilitate return to work, difficulties and uncertainties have resulted in wide variation in its use. Agreement on what constitutes the ‘ideal’ fit note from the perspective... Read More

Completion of fit notes by GPs: a mixed methods study (2015)
Journal Article
Coole, C., Nouri, F., Potgieter, I., & Drummond, A. E. (2015). Completion of fit notes by GPs: a mixed methods study. Perspectives in Public Health, 135(5), doi:10.1177/1757913915594197. ISSN 1757-9139

Aims: The aim of this study was to investigate the completion of fit notes by UK general practitioners (GPs). A series of actual fit notes issued to employed patients were examined, and their GPs’ reflections and experiences of fit note completion ex... Read More

The identification of research priorities for UK occupational therapists in work rehabilitation (2015)
Journal Article
Coole, C., McBean, J., & Drummond, A. E. (in press). The identification of research priorities for UK occupational therapists in work rehabilitation. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 22(7), doi:10.12968/ijtr.2015.22.7.329. ISSN 1741-1645

Background/Aims: UK occupational therapists are recognised as having key skills in work rehabilitation, but there is limited evidence to underpin this. In order to use research resources to best effect, it is vital to identify the research priorities... Read More

Return-to-work outcomes and usefulness of actual fit notes received by employers (2015)
Journal Article
Coole, C., Potgieter, I., Nouri, F., Worthington, E., & Drummond, A. (in press). Return-to-work outcomes and usefulness of actual fit notes received by employers. Family Practice, 32(5), doi:10.1093/fampra/cmv050. ISSN 0263-2136

Background: GPs can use the fit note to advise that a patient ‘may be fit’ or is ‘not fit’ for work. Previous employer-based research on the fit note is largely qualitative and based on general perceptions and past experience. Knowledge of the return... Read More

What do we tell patients about elective total hip replacement in the UK?: an analysis of patient literature (2013)
Journal Article
Drummond, A. E., Edwards, C., Coole, C., & Brewin, C. (2013). What do we tell patients about elective total hip replacement in the UK?: an analysis of patient literature. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders, 14, doi:10.1186/1471-2474-14-152. ISSN 1471-2474

Background: Although hip information literature is given to people following total hip replacement (THR) almost routinely, little evaluation has been conducted on it to date. Our aim was therefore to analyse and evaluate the literature provided to pa... Read More

Returning to work after stroke: perspectives of employer stakeholders, a qualitative study. (2012)
Journal Article
Coole, C., Radford, K., Grant, M., & Terry, J. Returning to work after stroke: perspectives of employer stakeholders, a qualitative study. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 23(3), doi:10.1007/s10926-012-9401-1. ISSN 1053-0487

Purpose: More than 40 % of working age adults with stroke fail to return to work. The work context is a key factor in return to work, but little is known about the experiences of employers in supporting employees with stroke. The aim of this study wa... Read More