Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal Disorders in the U.S. Workforce – Insights from the CWHP

Jul 27, 2015|

In 2013, IBI established a partner non-profit organization, the Center for Workforce Health and Performance (CWHP). The CWHP’s first report, Musculoskeletal Disorders, Workforce Health and Productivity in the United States, underscores that employers have many opportunities to help employees with musculoskeletal disorders (MSD) stay at work and return to work from disability leaves. Efforts to [...]

Webinar: Low Back Pain: A Major Employer Uses Guidelines to Manage Quality, Costs & Outcomes

Jun 10, 2015|

Up to 84% of the general population reports low back pain at some point during their lifetime. This webinar will focus on a recent, award-winning study of three different types of back problems at a major self-insured employer. Speakers will discuss issues key to developing a successful program focusing on illness/injury prevention, reduction of workers' [...]

IBI Research: Chronic Health Conditions, Workplace Productivity and Accidents

Feb 27, 2015|

Spotlight on article published in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine IBI Spotlights call attention to important health and productivity findings from peer-reviewed work. The research described in this particular Spotlight is authored or co-authored by an IBI researcher. IBI members are encouraged to obtain the original articles from the copyright holder. What is the [...]

Capitol Hill Chronic Disease Briefing

Jul 9, 2014|

The Congressional Wellness Caucus and the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD) hosted a briefing on June 26th, 2014 about the impact of chronic, non communicable disease and look beyond just medical costs to more holistically consider total productivity, particularly among the federal workforce. According to a modeling tool developed by the Integrated Benefits Institute [...]

Multi-Study Spotlight: Absence and Return-to-Work among Employees with Back Pain

May 15, 2014|

Spotlight on article published in Occupational & Environmental Medicine IBI Spotlights call attention to important health and productivity findings from peer-reviewed work by external researchers. Unless otherwise stated, the authors are not affiliated with IBI, nor was the research executed on IBI’s behalf. IBI members are encouraged to obtain the original articles from the copyright [...]

Multi-Study Spotlight: Timing and the Cost-Effectiveness of Back Pain RTW Interventions

Oct 21, 2013|

h2. Spotlight on article published in h2. "+Occupational and Environmental Medicine+":http://oem.bmj.com/content/67/11/744.short _IBI Spotlights call attention to important health and productivity findings from peer-reviewed work by external researchers. Unless otherwise stated, the authors are not affiliated with IBI, nor was the research executed on IBI’s behalf. IBI members are encouraged to obtain the original articles from [...]

Multi-Study Spotlight: Workplace interventions for Work-Related Low Back Pain

Aug 16, 2013|

Spotlight on article published in International Journal of Disability Management IBI Spotlights call attention to important health and productivity findings from peer-reviewed work by external researchers. Unless otherwise stated, the authors are not affiliated with IBI, nor was the research executed on IBI’s behalf. IBI members are encouraged to obtain the original articles from the [...]

Not Your Typical Back Pain

Jun 1, 2010|

How do disability duration and functionality-improvement results from a disability management approach using a medical model focused on reducing pain differ from an integrated-care approach that focuses on return to function and return to work? A randomized control study design (the research "gold standard" for such interventions) provides dramatic evidence of new and effective strategies [...]

Low-Back Pain: Analysis of Workers’ Comp and STD claims

Mar 1, 2007|

IBI’s benchmarking database permits research analysis in addition to robust comparisons for IBI benchmarking participants. Case in point is this analysis of 42,000 WC and STD closed low-back claims from the IBI benchmarking database. Medical and indemnity costs for such WC claims average almost $40,000 compared to $4,500 in disability payments for STD. But when [...]