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  1. Referral delay in back pain patients on worker's compensation : Costs and policy implications.

    Article - En anglais

    Low back pain (LBP), a common illness that may progress to chronic disability, costs many billions for care, lost work, and compensation.

    Conventional medicine does not effectively restore chronic LBP patients to work ; multidisciplinary rehabilitation does, but limited or delayed access risks unnecessary costs, additional morbidity, and permanent disability.

    The authors examine costs of delayed treatment for 23 disabled LBP patients in a rehabilitation program.

    Compensation costs average $26,159 per patient, a sum covering treatment for 3 patients.

    Additional medical and societal costs are estimated.

    Factors causing delay, such as economic incentives and ignorance about pain, and policies to remediate these problems, are discussed.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Lombalgie, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Rachis pathologie, Rachialgie, Douleur, Accessibilité, Programme thérapeutique, Soin, Analyse coût, Incapacité travail, Indemnité dédommagement, Homme, Traitement

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Low back pain, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Spine disease, Rachialgia, Pain, Accessibility, Therapeutic schedule, Care, Cost analysis, Work disability, Indemnity, Human, Treatment

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0253357

    Code Inist : 002B15F. Création : 199608.