Workers’ Comp Summit: Sept 23-25, 2020 – Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME

The following information is from the completed 2019 event. Please check back in the spring for details on next year. 


Workshop B: When the Disability is Caused by the Treatment Itself

Monday, August 26th, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

“Iatrogenic” disabilities in workers’ compensation injury management

What’s it all about? The term “iatrogenic” denotes an unfavorable response to therapy, induced by the therapeutic effort itself. Jon Torres, MD (Medical Director, St. Mary’s WorkMed) will present what iatrogenic means in the context of treating patients with workers’ compensation injuries. This topic will have relevance to medical providers, employers, and insurance carriers. Dr. Torres will discuss the treating medical provider’s pivotal role in a patient’s recovery from an injury relevant to iatrogenic contributors to chronicity and potential disability. Case study examples will highlight these points and provide sample patient-provider dialogue and treatment decisions that will illustrate important medical contributors to delayed recovery as well as strategies to prevent iatrogenic outcomes. There will also be discussion of non-medical iatrogenic factors that can adversely affect recovery outcomes.

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Learn the meaning of iatrogenic disability relevant to workers’ compensation and the medical management of patients treated for work-related injuries.
  • Understand how to employ preventive strategies to avoid iatrogenic factors that can adversely affect patient recovery.
  • Engage in a broader discussion of iatrogenic factors that include non-medical contributors to unfavorable recovery outcomes.

Approved for 1.25 CCMC, Maine Attorney CLE Credits.

Program Faculty: Jonathan Torres, MD