Physicians diagnose and treat illness or injury. They advise and support workers, providing appropriate information to the worker, employer and other involved health care professionals.
Care and outcomes may be improved through a co-ordinated multidisciplinary approach. Treatment may involve other physicians, rehabilitation specialists, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, case managers, vocational specialists and employee-assistance program personnel.
The treatment plan should be evidence-based, when possible, and identify the best sequence and timing of interventions for the worker.
Physicians should identify treatment procedures, such as investigations and operative procedures, as well as unnecessary waiting periods in the care plan. Research indicates a safe and timely return to work benefits workers and their families by enhancing recovery and reducing disability.