Predicting compensation and medical costs of lumbar fusion patients receiving workers' compensation in utah using presurgical biopsychosocial variables.

@article{Wheeler2012PredictingCA,
  title={Predicting compensation and medical costs of lumbar fusion patients receiving workers' compensation in utah using presurgical biopsychosocial variables.},
  author={Anthony J Wheeler and Jessica M Gundy and Michael Scott Deberard},
  journal={Spine},
  year={2012},
  volume={37 7},
  pages={605-11}
}
STUDY DESIGN A retrospective-cohort investigation (N = 245) utilizing a review of patient medical records and costs accrued through the Workers' Compensation Fund of Utah. OBJECTIVE To replicate a previous study of compensation and medical costs in compensated lumbar fusion patients, to identify changes in costs across time, and to identify biopsychosocial variables predictive of current costs. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA Previous studies have demonstrated that medical costs associated with… CONTINUE READING
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