Program Showcase: Clinical Guidelines & Disability Durations

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Linking Clinical Guidelines and Disability Duration Estimates to Improve Patient Care

By Kerri Wizner, MPH, CPH


The use of evidence-based guidelines can help prevent over-treatment and the provision of low-value care — wasteful practices that annually cost the U.S. healthcare system $78 billion.1 Although some healthcare systems have embraced the use of clinical practice guidelines throughout their networks, individual clinicians often need to advocate for the use of decision-support tools in their medical practices.

Similarly, the use of clinical practice guidelines by disability case managers has increasingly taken root. When educated in clinical best practices, disability managers know to ask patients the quintessential question “Have you talked to your doctor about this?” in an effort to guide patients and improve outcomes. Researchers have found that using clinical practice guidelines can help address major barriers to effective disability case management, including patient communication, case complexities, insufficient training, and inadequate collaboration with involved healthcare providers.2

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