Research Shows Subjective Factors Best Predictors of Whiplash recovery


In research that could be a blow to insurance companies’ goal of creating an objective standard for soft-tissue injuries (so they can underpay them), data presented at the World Congress on Neck Pain shows that the best predictors for whiplash recovery are subjective components such as pain and positive expectations for improvement.

One part of the claims process reform instituted by insurance companies during the 1990s was an attempt to bring down costs on soft tissue injuries—especially traumatic brain injuries and neck and spine injuries, often called “whiplash” injuries—as a result of auto accidents. One method that they used to do this was the creation of a database of doctors, treatments, and costs that sought to prevent insurance companies from overpaying claims on these injuries, or, in some cases, to allow insurance companies to underpay the claim. This database was predicated on the basis that medicine is an objective science and that treatments can be compared evenly from person to person. However, this new study shows that treatments cannot be compared, that the main factors indicating how well a person will recover from a whiplash injury are dependent not on objective standards, but on subjective ones, only measurable by the patient.

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