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Cadernos de Psicologia Social do Trabalho

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GRAVINA, Marcia Elena Rodrigues  and  ROCHA, Lys Esther. Repetitive Strain Injuries among bank workers: reflections about the return to work. Cad. psicol. soc. trab. [online]. 2006, vol.9, n.2, pp. 41-55. ISSN 1516-3717.

Aim: to analyze the return to work among bank workers with repetitive strain injuries (RSI) of a bank in São Paulo, checking the difficulties and the facilities in the process. Methodology: It is a study that applied interviews with 16 workers in such conditions. The data analysis is based on the Discurso do Sujeito Coletivo (Collective Subject Speech). Results: About the situation of living with RSI was pointed out: constant presence of pain, acquired incapacity and the prejudice caused by the disease. About situations at work that were unfavorable to the return were mentioned: too high goals and tasks, non - stop workdays, over time and pression to sell. About the contributive aspect to the return to work was the feeling of social inclusion. Conclusions: to the success of returning to work by people with RSI some actions were proved to be essential, such as the establishment of occupational activities related with the worker' s capacities and support from co-workers and managers.

Keywords : Repetitive strain injuries; Occupational rehabilitation; Bank workers; Work organization; Interpersonal relationship.

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