The concomitant use of physician diagnosis and the comprehensive muscular activity profile (CMAP): Significant implications for case closure, costs, and pain ratings of patient's with musculoskeletal injuries

Robert Joseph Gatchel, Brian R. Theodore

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Abstract

The degree of physical impairment, often due to a soft-tissue injury, is an important first step in evaluating musculoskeletal pain disorders in a workers' compensation population. The Comprehensive Muscular Activity Profile (CMAP) is a recent innovation for measuring such soft tissue injuries. A total of 114 consecutive patients with musculoskeletal pain claims were evaluated by medical examination and CMAP administration. Results indicated a 6.8 times increase in the odds of case closure when there was concordance between CMAP results and the physician's independent diagnoses. There was also a significant reduction of overall medical costs after the CMAP was conducted. These preliminary findings indicate good clinical utility for the CMAP. Implications and additional interpretations of these results are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-127
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Biobehavioral Research
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2009

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