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Table 1 Main themes and subthemes identified through analysis of the data.

From: Low back pain patients' experiences of work modifications; a qualitative study

Work modifications: Occupational Health assistance
   A service for employers rather than employees
   Advice may be over-cautious
   Influence may vary and may be dependent on perceived causation
   Modifications left to manager to implement
Work modifications: assistance from employers/managers
   Help depends on the individual manager
   May be over-cautious in their support
   Managers with experience of back pain perceived to be more sympathetic
Work modifications: patient control
   Easier to modify workload if in control
   The pros and cons of working for oneself
   Fewer options if working alone
   Colleague support