Dr Rhiannon Buck (PhD) is a health psychologist currently working in the University of Bath.Much of her research has centred around symptom perception and illness behaviour, particularly in relation to common health problems, which are a major cause of disability and incapacity in the UK and worldwide.
Her research interests include the beliefs that people hold about pain and other symptoms, fear and catastrophic thinking, attentional processes, adjustment to illness, and the cognitive aspects of sadness and depression. She has also worked on the Well-being in Work (WiW) project based in Merthyr Tydfil in collaboration with the University of Wales Swansea and Keele University.
In the last of a series of six talks on pain, chronicity and disability, Rhiannon examines the flag system used to correctly identify risk factors that are potentially modifiable. Most of us have heard of red flags used for clinical pathologies, yellow flags for psychosocial factors and orange flags for psychopathology, but with the shifting attitudes to health and work we are now being asked to look at the employee in relation to their workplace (blue flags) as well as having appropriate policies, procedures and services in place at an organisational level and ensuring these work in practice (black flags).
- Barnes, M.C., Buck, R., Williams, G., Webb, K., Aylward, M., 2008. Beliefs about common health problems and work: a qualitative study.. Soc Sci Med, Soc Sci Med 67, 657-65.
- Belsey, J., 2002. Primary care workload in the management of chronic pain. A retrospective cohort study using a GP database to identify resource implications for UK primary care. Journal of Medical Economics, Journal of Medical Economics 5, 39-50.
- Buck, R., Barnes, M.C., Cohen, D., Aylward, M., 2010. Common health problems, yellow flags and functioning in a community setting.. J Occup
- Rehabil, J Occup Rehabil 20, 235-46.
- Buck, R., Varnava, A., Wynne-Jones, G., Main, C., Phillips, C., 2009. Working with musculoskeletal pain. Reviews in Pain, Reviews in Pain 3, 6 – 10.
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- Johansson, G., Lundberg, I., 2004. Adjustment latitude and attendance requirements as determinants of sickness absence or attendance.
- Empirical tests of the illness flexibility model.. Soc Sci Med, Soc Sci Med 58, 1857-68.
- Phillips, C., Main, C., Buck, R., Aylward, M., Wynne-Jones, G., Farr, A., 2008. Prioritising pain in policy making: the need for a whole systems
- perspective.. Health Policy, Health Policy 88, 166-75.
- Main, C.J., Spanswick, C.C., 2000. Pain management : an interdisciplinary approach. Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh ; New York.
- Main, C., Glozier, N., Wright, I., 2005. Validity of the HSE stress tool: an investigation within four organizations by the Corporate Health and
- Performance Group. Occupational Medicine, Occupational Medicine 55, 208-214.
- Maniadakis, N., Gray, A., 2000. The economic burden of back pain in the UK.. Pain, Pain 84, 95-103.
- Waddell, G., Aylward, M., University., C., 2005. The scientific and conceptual basis of incapacity benefits. TSO, London.
- Waddell, G., Burton, A.K., 2006. Is work good for your health and well-being?. TSO, London.
- Wynne-Jones, G., Buck, R., Varnava, A., Phillips, C., Main, C.J., 2009. Impacts on work absence and performance: what really matters?. Occup Med (Lond), Occup Med (Lond) 59, 556-62.
- Wynne-Jones, G., Varnava, A., Buck, R., Karanika-Murray, M., Griffiths, A., Phillips, C., Cox, T., Kahn, S., Main, C.J., 2009. Examination of the
- Work Organization Assessment Questionnaire in public sector workers.. J Occup Environ Med, J Occup Environ Med 51, 586-93.