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.
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

Target audience:

  • Occupational and other physicians and other health care professionals; insurers; employers; attorneys; non-occupational specialists beginning to see injured workers in their practice; and 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 now includes free access to MDGuidelines®  Sign up now! (For individual use only; not for commercial or institutional use.) 
  • For international members or non-members, contact Reed Group at (800) 442-4519 or email the Reed Group.
  • Residents can gain free access to MDGuidelines through Reed Group's Starting Line program. Sign up now! 
Summaries of the Guidelines are also published in JOEM.

New! Claim CME Credit for Using the Guidelines

You may now claim credit for researching a clinical question on the MDGuidelines® website and submitting a request for your CME credit through ACOEM's IPoC site