Original Article: PDF OnlyCost-Effectiveness of a Back School Intervention for Municipal EmployeesBrown, Kathleen C., RN, PhD*; Sirles, Ann T., RN, DSN*; Hilyer, James C., EdD, MPH†; Thomas, Mila J., RN, MSN‡Author Information *From Occupational Health Nursing, NIOSH Deep South Center for Occupational Safety and Health, University of Alabama School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham ‡From Masters Student, University of Alabama School of Nursing, Birmingham, Alabama †From City of Birmingham, University of Alabama School of Nursing, Birmingham, Alabama Spine: October 1992 - Volume 17 - Issue 10 - p 1224-1228 Buy Abstract This study investigated the effect of a back school rehabilitation program on lost work time, lost time cost, medical cost, and number of injuries in municipal employees. Seventy back-injured workers who participated in a 6-week back school were compared on the dependent variables with 70 randomly selected back-injured city employees who had not participated in a back school. Back school participants demonstrated a significant decrease on all dependent variables. Back school participants had significantly fewer injuries in the 6-month postintervention period. No statistically significant differences were found between groups on the time and cost variables. Actual dollars saved in lost time and medical costs between groups was of practical value to the city. Study findings offer support for the back school as a cost-effective measure. © Lippincott-Raven Publishers.