Integrated care pathway (ICP) on management of occupational related chronic low back pain (OCLBP) in Malaysia: A critical review

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Abstract

Occupational Related Chronic Low Back Pain (OCLBP) is a globally recognized illness that causes reduction in productivity and substantial economic burden to the countries. It requires a multidisclipinary approach involving employer, healthcare provider, compensatory and enforcement agencies. However there is no specific guideline or pathway that has integrated the roles of each responsible agency. The objective of this article is to highlight the need and to propose a coordinated approach through the concept of Integrated Care Pathway (ICP). Therefore, we reviewed international and local guidelines as well as published articles on chronic low back pain and care pathway. We believed that development of a pathway will be able to organize the role of management at every level, reducing the variations in the management, addressing issues of communicating the findings between the responsible stakeholders, fulfilling the requirements as the laws, allows effective and feasible approaches to take place in terms of cost and practicality, and increase the awareness on occupational diseases. Expected challenges such as limitation of resources, unawareness and lack of understanding on OCLBP from every level are issue that we agreed can be bridged through ICP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)60-68
Number of pages9
JournalMalaysian Journal of Public Health Medicine
Volume15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Malaysia
Low Back Pain
Guidelines
Occupational Diseases
Health Personnel
Economics
Costs and Cost Analysis

Keywords

  • Activity based costing
  • Integrated care pathway
  • Occupational related chronic low back pain

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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