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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29029551/low-back-pain-investigation-of-biases-in-outpatient-canadian-physical-therapy
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Maude Laliberté, Barbara Mazer, Tatiana Orozco, Gevorg Chilingaryan, Bryn Williams-Jones, Matthew Hunt, Debbie Ehrmann Feldman
Background: Previous research suggested that physical therapy services can be influenced by patient characteristics (age, sex, socioeconomic status) or insurance status rather than their clinical need. Objective: The aim of this study was to determine whether patient-related factors (age, sex, SES) and the source of reimbursement for physical therapy services (insurance status) influence wait time for, frequency of, and duration of physical therapy for low back pain...
October 1, 2017: Physical Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016955/is-a-history-of-severe-episodic-low-back-pain-an-indicator-of-a-discogenic-etiology
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David Levi, Diana Carnahan, Scott Horn, Josh Levin
Objective: To determine if a history of severe episodic low back pain (LBP) correlates with positive discography. Methods: A retrospective chart review identified patients undergoing discography from January 2012 through February 2016. The review determined if the patient's LBP began or continued with severe disabling episodes (lasting a minimum of two days). A gradual onset or initiating event with continuous symptoms was considered a nonepisodic history. Patients were excluded for unclear record, workers' compensation, litigation, prior lumbar surgery, radiologic instability, or indeterminate discography...
June 17, 2017: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016940/developing-a-tool-for-identifying-high-risk-employers-for-inspection
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T-K Chao, C Sun, J R Beach
Background: Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) data and other information are sometimes used to calculate an 'Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) index' as a way of identifying businesses considered 'high risk' to be inspected as part of enforcement work. However, no evidence on the validity of this index exists. Aims: To evaluate the performance of the Alberta OHS index, a 'score' based largely on WCB claims data, and to see if an index calculated using different information could perform better...
September 18, 2017: Occupational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28991136/utilization-review-in-worker-s-compensation-current-status-and-opportunities-for-improvement
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Lee S Glass, Robert C Blink, Melissa Bean, Michael Erdil, Jill A Rosenthal, Tanisha Taylor
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990210/the-impact-of-practice-guidelines-on-opioid-utilization-for-injured-workers
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Christine Buttorff, Antonio J Trujillo, Renan Castillo, Andres I Vecino-Ortiz, Gerard F Anderson
BACKGROUND: Opioid use is rising in the US and may cause special problems in workers compensation cases, including addiction and preventing a return to work after an injury. OBJECTIVE: This study evaluates a physician-level intervention to curb opioid usage. An insurer identified patients with out-of-guideline opioid utilization and called the prescribing physician to discuss the patient's treatment protocol. RESEARCH DESIGN: This study uses a differences-in-differences study design with a propensity-score-matched control group...
October 9, 2017: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28969951/endoscopic-gluteus-medius-repair-with-concomitant-arthroscopy-for-labral-tears-a-case-series-with-minimum-5-year-outcomes
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Itay Perets, Yosif Mansor, Leslie C Yuen, Austin W Chen, Edwin O Chaharbakhshi, Benjamin G Domb
PURPOSE: To report the minimum 5-year outcomes of endoscopic gluteus medius repair for partial- and full-thickness tears with concomitant hip arthroscopy. METHODS: Data for all patients who underwent hip arthroscopy between February 2009 and September 2011 were prospectively collected. We included patients who underwent endoscopic gluteus medius repair with concomitant arthroscopic labral treatment and for whom the following measures were obtained preoperatively and at a minimum of 5 years' follow-up: modified Harris Hip Score, Non-Arthritic Hip Score, Hip Outcome Score-Sports Specific Subscale, and visual analog scale score for pain...
September 29, 2017: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28964511/the-nature-and-burden-of-occupational-injury-among-first-responder-occupations-a-retrospective-cohort-study-in-australian-workers
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Shannon E Gray, Alex Collie
INTRODUCTION: Workers in first responder (FR) occupations are at heightened risk for workplace injury given their exposure to physical/psychological hazards. This study sought to (1) characterise the occupational risk of injury; (2) determine factors associated with injury; and (3) characterise the burden of injury-related disability in police, ambulance officers, fire/emergency workers, compared with other occupations. METHODS: A retrospective cohort of 2,439,624 claims occurring between July 2003 and June 2012 was extracted from the Australian National Dataset for Compensation-Based Statistics...
September 23, 2017: Injury
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28960114/work-organisational-practices-and-margin-of-manoeuver-during-work-reintegration
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Fergal O'Hagan
BACKGROUND: Many individuals of working age experience cardiovascular disease and are disabled from work as a result. The majority of research in cardiac work disability has focused on individual biological and psychological factors influencing work disability despite evidence of the importance of social context in work disability. In this article, the focus is on work and organisational features influencing the leeway (margin of manoeuvre) workers are afforded during work reintegration...
September 29, 2017: Disability and Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953088/spine-surgery-outcomes-in-workers-compensation-patients
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Alan H Daniels, Eren O Kuris, Dominic T Kleinhenz, Mark A Palumbo
Occupational spine injuries place a substantial burden on employees, employers, and the workers' compensation system. Both temporary and permanent spinal conditions contribute substantially to disability and lost wages. Numerous investigations have revealed that workers' compensation status is a negative risk factor for outcomes after spine injuries and spine surgery. However, positive patient outcomes and return to work are possible in spine-related workers' compensation cases with proper patient selection, appropriate surgical indications, and realistic postoperative expectations...
October 2017: Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28953071/applying-machine-learning-to-workers-compensation-data-to-identify-industry-specific-ergonomic-and-safety-prevention-priorities-ohio-2001-to-2011
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Alysha R Meyers, Ibraheem S Al-Tarawneh, Steven J Wurzelbacher, P Timothy Bushnell, Michael P Lampl, Jennifer L Bell, Stephen J Bertke, David C Robins, Chih-Yu Tseng, Chia Wei, Jill A Raudabaugh, Teresa M Schnorr
OBJECTIVE: This study leveraged a state workers' compensation claims database and machine learning techniques to target prevention efforts by injury causation and industry. METHODS: Injury causation auto-coding methods were developed to code more than 1.2 million Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation claims for this study. Industry groups were ranked for soft-tissue musculoskeletal claims that may have been preventable with biomechanical ergonomic (ERGO) or slip/trip/fall (STF) interventions...
September 25, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945642/clinical-and-radiologic-comparison-of-minimally-invasive-surgery-with-traditional-open-transforaminal-lumbar-interbody-fusion-a-review-of-452-patients-from-a-single-center
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Julian P Price, John M Dawson, James D Schwender, Kurt P Schellhas
STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective analysis of prospective data for parallel, consecutive series of patients (Level III). OBJECTIVE: Compare clinical results and radiographic outcomes of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) versus open techniques for transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF). SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Minimally invasive techniques allow transforaminal exposure with decreased soft tissue disruption, but the question remains whether surgical and functional outcomes are equivalent to open techniques...
September 22, 2017: Clinical Spine Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28945639/associations-among-healthcare-workplace-safety-resident-satisfaction-and-quality-of-care-in-long-term-care-facilities
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Ernest Boakye-Dankwa, Erin Teeple, Rebecca Gore, Laura Punnett
OBJECTIVE: We performed an integrated cross-sectional analysis of relationships between long term care work environments, employee and resident satisfaction, and quality of patient care. METHODS: Facility-level data came from a network of 203 skilled nursing facilities in 13 states in the eastern United States owned or managed by one company. K-means cluster analysis was applied to investigate clustered associations between safe resident handling program (SRHP) performance, resident care outcomes, employee satisfaction, rates of workers' compensation claims, and resident satisfaction...
September 22, 2017: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28942205/the-unintended-consequences-of-community-verifications-for-performance-based-financing-in-burkina-faso
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Anne-Marie Turcotte-Tremblay, Idriss Ali Gali-Gali, Manuela De Allegri, Valéry Ridde
Performance-based financing (PBF) is being widely implemented to improve healthcare services in Africa. An essential component of PBF involves conducting community verifications, wherein investigators from local associations attempt to trace samples of patients. Community surveys are administered to patients to verify whether healthcare workers reported fictitious services to increase their revenue. At the same time, client satisfaction surveys are administered to assess whether patients are satisfied with the services received...
September 8, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937935/the-impact-of-the-2006-massachusetts-health-care-reform-law-on-spine-surgery-patient-payer-mix-status-and-age
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Nicolas W Villelli, Hong Yan, Jian Zou, Nicholas M Barbaro
OBJECTIVE Several similarities exist between the Massachusetts health care reform law of 2006 and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The authors' prior neurosurgical research showed a decrease in uninsured surgeries without a significant change in surgical volume after the Massachusetts reform. An analysis of the payer-mix status and the age of spine surgery patients, before and after the policy, should provide insight into the future impact of the ACA on spine surgery in the US. METHODS Using the Massachusetts State Inpatient Database and spine ICD-9-CM procedure codes, the authors obtained demographic information on patients undergoing spine surgery between 2001 and 2012...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28936358/characteristics-of-occupational-musculoskeletal-disorders-of-five-sectors-in-service-industry-between-2004-and-2013
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Hyun-Woo Choi, Young-Ki Kim, Dong-Mug Kang, Jong-Eun Kim, Bo-Young Jang
BACKGROUND: 'Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs)' have been mostly reported in the manufacturing industry but recently the occurrence of industrial injuries has been constantly increasing in the service industry. This research is going to analyze the data about workers' compensation for WRMSDs in five different service sectors and identify characteristics of occupations with the highest approved occupations. METHODS: According to the data released from the Korea Worker's Compensation & Welfare Service, the overview of 12,730 cases of workers' compensation for WRMSDs in five service sectors from 2004 to 2013 is going to be analyzed and the source data is going to be classified by the Korean Standard Classification of Occupations to select the top five occupations that have the highest number of approval...
2017: Annals of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923076/improving-the-performance-of-community-health-workers-in-swaziland-findings-from-a-qualitative-study
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Pascal Geldsetzer, Jan-Walter De Neve, Chantelle Boudreaux, Till Bärnighausen, Thomas J Bossert
BACKGROUND: The performance of community health workers (CHWs) in Swaziland has not yet been studied despite the existence of a large national CHW program in the country. This qualitative formative research study aimed to inform the design of future interventions intended to increase the performance of CHW programs in Swaziland. Specifically, focusing on four CHW programs, we aimed to determine what potential changes to their program CHWs and CHW program managers perceive as likely leading to improved performance of the CHW cadre...
September 18, 2017: Human Resources for Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918764/fragile-environment-seasonality-and-maternal-and-childhood-undernutrition-in-bangladesh
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Masuda Mohsena, Mahabub Hossain, Barnali Chakraborty, Abdul Bayes, A N Mahfuzur Rahman
This study assessed whether agricultural and household incomes were the same across different agro-ecological environments in Bangladesh. An in-depth analysis of the effect of unfavourable ecologies on maternal and child malnutrition was carried out. Data were from a longitudinal data set comprising a nationally representative data sample collected in 2014 and the Food Security Nutrition Surveillance Project (FSNSP) conducted in 2011 and 2012. Anthropometric indices were used to assess the nutritional status of mothers and under-five children...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Biosocial Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918696/nature-of-injury-and-risk-of-multiple-claims-among-workers-in-manitoba-health-care
#18
Nelson Ositadimma Oranye
In industrial societies, work-related musculoskeletal disorders are common among workers, frequently resulting in recurrent injuries, work disability, and multiple compensation claims. The risk of idiopathic musculoskeletal injuries is thought to be more than twice the risk of any other health problem among workers in the health care sector. This risk is highly prevalent particularly among workers whose job involves frequent physical tasks, such as patient lifting and transfer. Workers with recurrent occupational injuries are likely to submit multiple work disability claims and progress to long-term disability...
September 1, 2017: Workplace Health & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915767/sick-leave-among-people-in-paid-work-after-age-65-a-swedish-population-based-study-covering-1995-2000-2005-and-2010
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K Farrants, S Marklund, L Kjeldgård, J Head, K Alexanderson
AIMS: Extending working life into older age groups is discussed in many countries. However, there is no knowledge about how this affects rates of sick leave. The aim of this work was to investigate rates of sick leave among people in paid work after retirement age and if such rates have changed over time. METHODS: Swedish nationwide register data on people aged >65 years and living in Sweden in 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 were analysed. All people with a sufficiently high work income to be eligible for public sick leave benefits were included...
September 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904248/the-system-and-human-resources-for-occupational-health-in-republic-of-indonesia-for-japanese-enterprises-to-manage-proper-occupational-health-activities-at-overseas-workplaces
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Ko Hiraoka, Shigeyuki Kajiki, Yuichi Kobayashi, Nuri Purwito Adi, Dewi Sumaryani Soemarko, Masamichi Uehara, Shigemoto Nakanishi, Koji Mori
OBJECTIVES: To consider the appropriate occupational health system for Japanese enterprises in Indonesia with information on the regulations and development of the specialists. METHODS: In this study, we used the information-gathering checklist developed by Kajiki et al. Along with literature and internet surveys, we surveyed local corporations owned and operated by Indonesians, central government agencies in charge of medical and health issues, a Japanese independent administrative agency supporting subsidiaries of overseas Japanese enterprises, and an educational institution formulating specialized occupational physician training curricula...
September 13, 2017: Sangyō Eiseigaku Zasshi, Journal of Occupational Health
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