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Preventing Needless Work Disability:The Health Care Provider Role - Online CME Course

Course Directors: Clayton T. Cowl, M.D., Laura E. Breeher, M.D.

In Partnership with MN RETAIN a complementary registration sponsorship code can be entered to complete this online course: OL-21R00963

The course was developed as part of a RETAIN federal grant program. Mayo Clinic is the medical partner in the grant aimed at improving early return to work for employees when medical conditions impact their ability to work. Education to providers is meant to instruct on the devastating costs of needless work disability in the US and proven strategies to help patients stay productive and experience better outcomes when work is part of therapy.

Target Audience

Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the benefits working provides to the healing patient.
  • Recognize the harms of iatrogenic disability.
  • Express the provider's role in encouraging independent function, including a return to work, in the treatment plan.
  • Recognize the potential resources employers have to help employees return to work.
  • List available resources to help write restrictions.
  • Describe how safe, functional activities encourage healing.
  • Use the SMERF framework to identify medically necessary restrictions.
  • Describe how to frame discussions with patients to proactively and positively guide them to the stay at and return to work process using an active listening approach.
  • Contrast the medical and non-medical issues that prevent a patient from returning to work.

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Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 Attendance
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Accreditation Statement
In support of improving patient care, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


Credit Statement(s):

Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit
  • 1.00 Attendance


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In Partnership with MN RETAIN a complementary registration sponsorship code can be entered to complete this online course: OL-21R00963

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