11:30 pm November 5, 2018

Business Case: Statistics for an Onsite Injury Prevention Program

Source: Kevin Schmidt

Interest continues to grow in onsite workplace injury prevention programs.  These programs enable  physical therapists to implement approaches that significantly improve return-to-work and prevent work disability at a much lower cost.

If you’re building a business case to explore the value of an onsite program for your organization, here are statistics and information to consider.

Studies Illustrate Impact

  • Onsite programs, using trained physical therapists who adhere to evidence-based guidelines, can have much better outcomes than usual physical therapy practice – and avoid unnecessary medical care and treatment. A large randomized controlled trial in the UK illustrates the impact of this approach.  Physical therapists evaluated persons with recent-onset exacerbations of low back pain, and quickly triaged the intervention group (based on back disability risk) to one of three evidence-based approaches: advice only, limited treatment, or more extensive evaluation and treatment.  This evidence-based approach for the lower and medium disability risk groups resulted in 80% less days lost from work, 75% less physical therapy treatments compared with usual physical therapy1. Read the study.
  • Initial treatment with a physical therapist costs on average $4700 less than pursuing advanced imaging in low back pain in similar cases, in one well-controlled observational study2. Read the study.
  • A randomized trial in 2015 showed that early referral to a physical therapist with evidence-based treatment resulted in significantly better disability and work function improvements at 3 months compared to usual physician-directed care3. Read the study.

New Data Model – What Does Your Data Say?

WorkWell data collected over 25 years shows a similar strong impact for onsite prevention programs.  In fact, we recently introduced a data model using over 70,000 therapy visits and 5 years of field testing to help companies use their data to uncover the ROI of an onsite program.

Here are some highlights of the statistics and key learnings experienced by our clients:

  • Onsite services provide an average return-on-investment of 3:1 to 5:1.
  • Onsite services typically reduce the cost of impactable claims, averaging a 25-50% reduction.
  • Early intervention screening done immediately after an employee recognizes a soft tissue concern minimizes the likelihood that it will result in an injury claim and OSHA recordable.
  • Therapists trained in occupational health services have a special expertise that results in a bigger impact (only 5% of all U.S. therapists are trained in this area).
  • Onsite clinics require very little floor space (as small as 8’ x 8’), which is often easily covered by the ROI projection.

If you‘d like to dig deeper on any of these statistics or run your numbers through WorkWell’s data model, contact WorkWell today.

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