Practice Resources

Practice Guidelines

ACOEM’s Occupational Medicine Practice Guidelines define best practices for key areas of occupational medical care and disability management. They are intended to improve the efficiency and accuracy of the diagnostic process as well as identify the effectiveness and risks of individual treatments in resolving an illness or injury — helping workers return to normal activities as quickly and safely as possible.
The Guidelines address:
  • Diagnosing injuries and illnesses likely to be work-related
  • Determining work-relatedness individually and collectively
  • Managing medical care
  • Treating work-related health problems efficiently and effectively
  • Managing associated disability and work loss
  • Preventing work-related health problems and promoting health

The Guidelines are intended for:

  • Occupational and other physicians
  • Health care professionals
  • Insurers
  • Employers
  • Attorneys
  • Non-occupational specialists beginning to see injured workers in their practice
  • All others with responsibility for or involvement in worker health and workers’ compensation systems

Access the Guidelines

The Guidelines are available electronically through MDGuidelines® and are published by Reed Group.

Your ACOEM membership includes a deep discount on MDGuidelines® for $149/year. For member or non-member rate, contact Reed Group at (800) 442-4519 or email the Reed Group

Read summaries of the Guidelines published in JOEM.