Navigation Links
Workers With Low Back Pain Benefit From Integrated Care
Date:12/1/2010

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 1 (HealthDay News) -- Workers with chronic low back pain can be treated for substantially less cost by using an integrated approach to care instead of traditional medical care, a new study suggests.

Chronic back pain is an enormous financial burden in developed countries, with 93 percent of the losses having to do with lost workplace productivity. Partly for this reason, researchers in the Netherlands tested a new approach among 134 patients, aged 18-65, on sick leave from work due to chronic low back pain. They were randomly assigned to receive traditional care (68 patients) or integrated care (66 patients).

Integrated care included workplace assessments, treatment with graded exercise, and reassurance that despite pain, it was safe to move while increasing activity levels. The goal of integrated care was to enable a lasting return to work and improve quality of life.

All the patients in the study were surveyed at regular intervals over 12 months to assess how often they sought care and how often they missed work.

The patients in the integrated care group sought health care less often, had shorter stays in hospital, were more successful in making a sustained return to work, and had greater improvement in quality of life.

After one year, total costs in the integrated care group were $20,477, compared with $28,736 in the usual care group. Further analysis showed that for every $1.55 spent on integrated care, there was a return of an estimated $40.44.

The study was published online Nov. 30 in the British Medical Journal.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about low back pain.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: British Medical Journal, news release, Nov. 30, 2010


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Smithfield, United Food and Commercial Workers Union, and Food Networks Paula Deen to Deliver 150,000 Servings of Protein to San Francisco Food Bank
2. Hope Phones, IntraHealth and FrontlineSMS:Medic Collaborate on Phone Donation Campaign to Support Health Workers in Africa
3. March Is National Social Work Month: Social Workers Work to Inspire Community Action While Facing Threats of Budget Cuts
4. Galfand Berger Wins Important Case for Injured Workers in Pennsylvania
5. Teamsters, Religious Leaders Call on Ascension Health to Respect Rights of Workers, Patients and Communities
6. Free Seminars to Help Employers Prevent Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Among Workers Set for Phoenix, Reno, Salt Lake City, Denver in May
7. Mount Sinai researchers are the first to identify heart abnormalities in World Trade Center workers
8. New Research from EBRI: Older Workers Trending Toward More Part-Time Work
9. Georgia Firm Adds Medical Travel to Cut Costs, Provide Options for Workers
10. Looming unemployment harms older workers health
11. Shift workers at more risk for irritable bowel syndrome, U-M study says
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Workers With Low Back Pain Benefit From Integrated Care
(Date:6/25/2016)... CA (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... As ... with Magna Cum Laude and his M.D from the David Geffen School of Medicine ... and returned to Los Angeles to complete his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published June 14 ... The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable seeking to ... operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical group, Beverly ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA) learned during ... two significant new grants to support its work to advance research and patient ... recognizing patients, medical professionals and scientists for their work in fighting pulmonary hypertension ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... Topical BioMedics, Inc, makers of Topricin and MyPainAway Pain Relief Products, join The ‘Business for ... $12 an hour by 2020 and then adjusting it yearly to increase at the same ... wage, assure the wage floor does not erode again, and make future increases more predictable. ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Las Vegas, Nevada (PRWEB) , ... June 24, ... ... their Las Vegas client, The Grove Investment Group (TGIG), has initiated cultivation and ... The Grove, in Las Vegas and Pahrump, Nevada. , Puradigm is the manufacturer ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... 2016   Pulmatrix, Inc ., (NASDAQ: ... drugs, announced today that it was added to the ... its comprehensive set of U.S. and global equity indexes ... important milestone for Pulmatrix," said Chief Executive Officer ... our progress in developing drugs for crucial unmet medical ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... KNOXVILLE, Tenn. , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... market providing less invasive and more durable cerebrospinal ... million in funding.  The Series-A funding is led ... the Lighthouse Fund, and other private investors.  Arkis, ... less-invasive neurosurgical instrumentation and the market release of ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Research and Markets has announced ... Forecast to 2022" report to their offering. ... the patients with kidney failure, it replaces the function of ... patient,s blood and thus the treatment helps to keep the ... balance. Increasing number of ESRD patients & ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: