From 1996 to 2001, staff at the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine disseminated guidelines on the treatment of low-back, hand and wrist injuries.
In addition, investigators at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center developed a tool to assess physician compliance with the guidelines.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Workers' Compensation Health Initiative national program.
Project staff from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine:
In a chart review of cases from one site involved in an evaluation of the clinical assessment tool, the investigators the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center found that: