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More Americans are living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. This trend impacts injured employees as well. According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, the average cost of workers’ compensation claims connected to a comorbid condition is almost twice as much as that of comparable claims that do not involve comorbidities. (Credit: Chinnapong/Shutterstock.com) More Americans are living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure. This trend impacts injured employees as well. According to the National Council on Compensation Insurance, the average cost of workers’ compensation claims connected to a comorbid condition is almost twice as much as that of comparable claims that do not involve comorbidities. (Credit: Chinnapong/Shutterstock.com)

How can the workers’ compensation industry get injured employees to participate in their own recovery? This is a question that’s top of mind for many program managers. Aside from the rare occasion when an individual might be trying to game the system, most injured employees want to progress in their treatment, so they can function optimally and return to work. However, there can be a myriad of obstacles along this path.

One of the key hurdles is ensuring injured employees have accurate medical information, so they can engage in their treatment — for example, this might include knowing how to take a medication safely, being able to properly follow self-care guidelines or understanding why it’s important to adhere to a prescribed home exercise regimen.

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