CF 192: To-Do Lists, Frailty, and Pain & Lost Work Days
Today we’re going to talk about To-Do Lists, Frailty, and Pain & Lost Workdays
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On the personal end of things…..
I am starting week three of the medical integration. It’s stressful but it’s exciting too. Every day I’m convinced more and more that we picked the right nurse practitioner. Super smart and excellent with patients. I’m lying if I act like there’s no anxiety in this deal though. Damn. The money flying out the doors in a direction is almost stunning. With little money coming in on the medical side. Everything has to start at ground zero. That’s a given. Everything has to grow from seed. That’s a given. The trick is to get to maturity and profitability as quickly as humanly possible. That’s what we’re trying to do. We’ve been doing social media and are about to do a direct Mail piece as well. We’re trying to get this thing on its feet muy pronto! Switching gears here, how do you stay productive? My means of staying productive is really pretty simple.
I keep a ToDo list and I follow it daily. I have it broken down into two sections. One is a grid. The days of the week are along the top of the grid. What HAS to be accomplished are listed below the day it has to be done. Then, I have a simple list outside of the grid. They’re things that need to be done when time allows. Outside of the must-do’s they’re the need to do’s if you will. So, for example, on Mondays, I have to write, record, edit, and upload the podcast. It’s a scramble from start to finish when I also have 40 or more patients to contend with as well. Sometimes I get it all done. Sometimes I just get it written and record it as time allows the rest of the week Don’t forget about email. I get at least 50-100 every day so that’s a job all by itself sometimes. I unsubscribe as often as I can.
I don’t like garbage and minutiae. Can’t have it. No time for that. Tuesdays, it’s my clinic’s blog that has to be written, the corresponding video is recorded, and it’s uploaded to YouTube and Facebook. Again, all accomplished between patients. I get off on Tuesdays around 2 pm. Sometimes that extra afternoon time is used to catch up. Sometimes I go home, work out, do voice-over, and then take classes toward the Forensics Diplomate. As you can see, Monday and Tuesday is go time. Wednesdays I write and send a mass email to my emailing list with the blog and video I recorded the day before included. Usually, things start to loosen up a bit by the time Wednesday rolls around and I’m able to give attention to the Need To-Dos. Some marketing and all that good stuff. Thursdays I upload the new podcast episode, I post it on Facebook, I send out an email to my list, and lost it in our private Facebook group.
Then marketing, patients, voice-over, another website project I’m working on, and whatever else crosses the desk. Friday, I get off at 1 pm. The afternoon is spent catching up, taking classes, getting in phone calls with people that think they just have to get you on a phone call, or I hit happy hour if I’m lucky. So that’s my week. I don’t get on phone calls. If it can’t be texted or emailed, don’t bother. I don’t talk to salespeople. I don’t entertain anything that takes me off task if I can help it. I can’t. So that’s how I get it all done. The list is my priority and I make sure each item is accomplished. It keeps me on track, it keeps this podcast rolling, it keeps my clinic rolling, and it keeps my brain from exploding. Tel me how you stay on track. I’d love to hear about it. Email me at email@example.com
The first one today is called “The Predictability of Frailty Associated with Musculoskeletal Deficits: A Longitudinal Study” by Tembo et. al. (Tembo 2021) and published in Calcified Tissue Interrnational……which is as niche-y as niche can be and it was published on May 20 of 2021. Good Lawd….the heat.
Why They Did It
They wanted to investigate and quantify the predictability of frailty associated with musculoskeletal parameters.
How They Did It
It was a longitudinal study Involved 287 men over 50 years old Baseline musculoskeletal measures included femoral neck bone mineral density appendicular lean mass index whole-body fat mass index lower limb strength Frailty at the 15 year follow-up was defined as > or = to 3 of the following 1. Untintentional weight loss 2. Weakness 3. Low physical activity 4. Exhaustion 5. Slowness
What They Found
- 48 men were frail. That’s 16.7%
- Musculoskeletal models were better predictors of frailty
- Musculoskeletal parameters improved the predictability model as measured by AUROC for frailty after 15 years
Wrap It Up In general, muscle models performed better compared to bone models. Musculoskeletal parameters improved the predictability of frailty of the referent model that included lifestyle factors. Muscle deficits accounted for a greater proportion of the risk for frailty than did bone deficits. For getting musculoskeletal health could be a possible avenue of intervention in regards to frailty.
This one is called “Guideline adherence and lost workdays for acute low back pain in the California workers’ compensation system” by Gaspar et. al. (Gaspar FW 2021) and published in PLoS ONE on June 17, of 2021 and that’s stuh, stuh, stuh, steamy people.
Why They Did It
The authors wanted to quantify the influence of adherence to guideline-recommended interventions in the first week of treatment for an initial low back pain (LBP) injury on lost workdays.
How They Did It
- It was a retrospective cohort of California’s workers’ compensation claims data from May 2009 to May 2018
- 41 diagnostic and treatment interventions were abstracted from the medical claims for workers with acute LBP injuries and compared with guideline recommendations.
- Lost workdays within 1-year post-injury were compared by guideline adherence using quantile regressions.
- Of the 59,656 workers who met the study inclusion criteria, 66.1% were male and the average (SD) age was 41 (12) years
What They Found
- The median number (IQR) of lost workdays was 27 (6–146) days.
- In the first week of treatment, 14.2% of workers received only recommended interventions, 14.6% received only non-recommended interventions, and 51.1% received both recommended and non-recommended interventions
- Opioid prescriptions fell 86% from 2009 to 2018
- Workers who received only guideline-recommended interventions experienced significantly fewer lost workdays (11.5 days; 95% CI: -13.9, -9.1), a 29.3% reduction, than workers who received only non-recommended interventions
- The percentage of workers receiving only recommended interventions increased from 10.3% to 18.2% over the 9 years.
Wrap It Up
When workers received guideline-recommended interventions, they typically returned to work in fewer days. The majority of workers received at least one non-recommended intervention, demonstrating the need for adherence to guideline recommendations. Fewer lost workdays and improved quality care are outcomes that strongly benefit injured workers.
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