Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)
School of Interdisciplinary Health Professions
This research study has two primary objectives: first, to examine the association between provider type, along with a variety of other predictor variables, on treatment escalation in the management of musculoskeletal disorders, and second, to examine the association between provider type, along with a variety of other predictor variables, on the use of opioid medications for musculoskeletal disorders. The methodology used to investigate both objectives involved secondary analysis of an insurance claims database from a privately insured Fortune-500 company in the southwest United States. Given the extreme costs and generally equivocal results of treatment interventions, the aim of this line of research is to highlight provider types and variables associated with cost-effective management of musculoskeletal disorders. A supplement to this dissertation containing International Classification of Disease (ICD) diagnostic codes utilized in the statistical analysis is enclosed.
Keywords: neck pain, low back pain, spine pain, arm pain, leg pain, MSK disorders, chronic pain, secondary data analysis, DC, physical therapy, medical management, treatment escalation, opioid medication
Anderson, Brian, "A Secondary Analysis of insurance Claims Data to Determine the Association Between Provider Type and Treatment Escalation in Musculoskeletal Disorders" (2019). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 6815.
Northern Illinois University
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