To determine if an internal employee health program (IEHP), including transitional work, with early access to physical medicine and rehabilitation provided by athletic trainers, will reduce missed workdays following work-related injury.
A retrospective review of health system workers’ compensation data were conducted for injuries sustained 23-month period preceding (PP) (N = 713) and following IEHP implementation (N = 661).
Sixty-two PP and 128 IEHP events resulted in lost workdays (LWDs), P < 0.001. For LWDs events, mean days lost decreased from 100.3 ± 119.7 PP to 44.6 ± 69.0 IEHP, P = 0.001, with 2.2 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.1–4.2) IEHP 3-week odds of returning to work.
Internal employee health program reduced LWDs. Internal employee health program was associated with more than 10% increase in LWDs events, but LWDs event mean days lost decreased by more than 50%, with 3-week odds of returning to work more than 2.0.
From the Occupational Medicine (Mr Larson and Dr Konowalchuk), SMDC Medical Center, Duluth Clinic, Duluth; EMPI (Mr Larson), St Paul; and Research Division (Ms Renier), Essentia Institute of Rural Health, Duluth, Minn.
Address correspondence to: Matthew C. Larson, M Ed, EMPI, St Paul, MN 55126 (firstname.lastname@example.org).