A new study published by the Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI), “Correlates of Opioid Dispensing,” aims to help public officials and other stakeholders better predict which injured workers are more or less likely to receive opioids. This study aligns with WCRI’s mission to be a catalyst for significant improvements in workers’ compensation systems and provide the public with objective, credible, high-quality research on important public policy issues.

The study focuses on various characteristics of injured workers and their employers that are associated with differences in opioid dispensing rates, including:
• worker age and gender
• type of injury
• industry group and employer payroll size
• location — county-level opioid dispensing rate, urban-rural classification, and health insurance coverage rate

Physical and behavioral health conditions commonly overlap in work-related injuries leading to longer disability durations. Opioid use is on the rise, increasing costs associated with catastrophic workers’ compensation cases.

The results help with early identification and intervention of high-risk patients.

To download the report, click here.

Carisk’s Biopsychosocial Approach

Carisk’s Pathways 2 Recovery Program is aimed at addressing the biopsychosocial aspects associated with delayed recovery in work-related injuries. This approach encompasses a complex interconnection of biological, psychological, and social factors. As research continues to support, a thorough review of the injured worker’s case along with a comprehensive and individualized care plan helps ensure best possible outcomes.

Want to learn more? Contact pathways@cariskpartners.com

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