Designing a new working method to support physicians’ (dis)ability prognosis evaluation

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Introduction: Physicians performing disability assessments have to evaluate the prognosis of the (dis)abilities for work. This is a very complex task challenged by limited knowledge and skills of evidence-based medicine (EBM), time constraints, high quality demands and conflicting interests.

Material and Methods: A new working method was developed to support physicians’ (dis)ability prognosis evaluation. The Intervention Mapping framework was used to identify content items, design features and considerations on implementation and evaluation of this working method.

Results and Conclusions: The new working method consists of a stepwise EBM-approach to support physicians to gather available evidence, to review and weigh important prognostic aspects and to integrate these aspects into a transparent, tailored assessment. This working method is supported by a software tool, containing a database with links to evidence and other resources in order to facilitate searching, appraising and applying evidence-based information. An additional training program will further support the use of this working method. Physicians attending the training program will learn to apply the stepwise EBM-approach with support of the software tool and evaluate the prognosis of (dis)abilities in case scenarios based on daily practice. In a next phase limited efficacy, acceptability and practicality testing of the new working method is planned in a pilot study.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022

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