Objective: To identify common attributes of Federal workers' compensation cases referred to Navy physicians for medical opinions and to determine the impact of the review on the final case decision. Methods: Retrospective case study and descriptive analysis of 258 opinion letters written by physicians on referred cases from 2006 to 2010. Results: Navy physician opinions were considered in the outcome in some of the cases, and there was a statistically significant difference between the claim acceptance rate in the study population and the total population. Worker age was correlated with certain claim types. Conclusions: There is preliminary evidence that the opinion letters of Navy physicians influenced case decisions. Because of the selection bias in how the cases came to the study population, a prospective cohort study is warranted to establish whether this conclusion and the other results noted are valid.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health