Low back pain (LBP) is a common cause of disability treated by primary care physicians (PCPs). We developed return to work (RTW) guidelines as an accessible Electronic Medical Record (EMR) integrated tool. 81 PCPs were enrolled and randomized. Out of 557 encounters, 7.3% from the interventional group offered the RTW recommendations compared to 1.6% in the control group (p<0.001). Study showed, PCPs rarely offer RTW recommendations but with access to the RTW guidelines as an integrated tool, more likely to make such recommendations.

Learning Objective 1: Discuss the challenges of translating new practice guidelines into clinical practice.

Learning Objective 2: Describe the use of clinical informatics toolset to seamlessly incorporate the return to work recommendations for acute low back patients in a primary care practice.


Ismail Nabeel (Presenter)
Mount Sinai Hospital System

Lisanne Cruz, Icahn School of Medicine and Mount Sinai Hospital

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