MDGuidelines 2020 Product Highlights and 2021 Enhancements

At MDGuidelines, our goal is to help you efficiently manage cases and return patients to work as quickly and safely as possible. Toward that end, we are continually making product improvements to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information available. As 2020 winds down, we wanted to highlight some of this year’s updates … Continued

Allies in Patient Care

2020 has presented the world with a novel assortment of pandemic-related health care pain points. Many patients avoided or were unable to receive treatment for non-COVID health issues due to fear of infection. Front-line health care providers, including allied health professionals, worked harder than ever amidst life-threatening medical supply shortages, while family members struggled to … Continued

Good Mental Health: Who Needs It?

A Personal Story During the fall of 1999, I often found myself wide awake in the middle of the night. Try as I might, I could not get to sleep. My husband couldn’t understand what was wrong with me. Why was I crying so much? Why wasn’t I interested in the things that used to … Continued

COVID-19: A Pandemic of Teachable Moments

COVID-19 has taken us all on a crash course in infection control and personal planning considerations that range from learning how to thrive amidst an invisible threat to practicing greater compassion for each other. The curriculum this fall includes a mandatory new course requirement, in which earning a passing grade is a must. The subject? … Continued

The Latest Information at Your Fingertips: 2020 Updates

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected workplaces across the world, leaving employers scrambling to find safe ways to continue their operations while protecting their employees. At MDGuidelines, our team now works remotely, so we haven’t missed a beat. Because we know that evidence-based treatment guidelines are now more important than ever, we’ve been working from our … Continued

Chicken or the Egg? Understanding the Relationship Between Depression and Injury or Illness Work Leaves

Do work leaves cause depression or does depression cause work leaves? We teamed up with researchers at The Standard, The Council for Disability Awareness, and The University of California, Davis to try and shine some light on this question. Using an integrated database of medical and disability claims with more than 496,000 short-term disability cases,1 … Continued

Sharing Mental Health Stories

The World Health Organization reports that depressive disorders are a leading cause of global disease burden–that’s over 322 million people struggling to cope with normal life activities every day.1 Mental health, as opposed to other health conditions, has distinctive challenges because of the stigma and taboos surrounding how people feel about their own or others’ … Continued

Try Not to Die this Summer

I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. It all started after reading the cryptic advice of a man named Bob Weighton. When asked for the secret to his longevity on his 111th birthday, Mr. Weighton replied “I have no answer, except to avoid dying.”1 I keep wondering exactly how he managed to accomplish this … Continued

The Risky Business of Nursing

May 6th is National Nurses Day; an excellent opportunity to applaud those frontline professionals supporting patients throughout the healthcare system. According to the World Health Organization there are over 29 million nurses in the world, with 4 million practicing here in the US.1 Nurses provide critical medical support in a wide variety of settings and … Continued

Mindfulness Challenge: Thrive on Stress

This April, Stress Awareness Month has me thinking about the universal problem of stress. A certain amount of stress is normal, and keeps us actively engaged in work, love and life through the release of hormones that increase our energy levels and help us focus on beneficial activity. But circumstances can rapidly turn a healthy … Continued