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Do occ docs do it better?

Tom Barton

If patients who see an occupational doctor get better results, why isn't it common practice?

Studies from Australia, Spain, and the United States have shown that patients who attend a specially run occupational clinic have better outcomes. Claim costs were less, days off reduced and in some studies patients were happier. Sounds positive, so why aren’t we all doing it? Well, there are pros and cons. On the pro side, occ docs (doctors experienced in occupational health problems) tend to be more familiar with treating muscu...

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