Is It Chronic Pain Or Depression?
How Employers are Addressing the Depression-Pain Dyad and Health Care Costs
Wednesday May 8, 2019 / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EST
One in two American adults live with a musculoskeletal (MSK) condition, such as arthritis or chronic joint pain, making MSK claims a top medical spend driver for employers and health plans. Researchers have uncovered a phenomenon called the “depression-pain dyad” where chronic pain increases the risk for depression and that depression increases the perceived severity of pain. These conditions decrease employees’ resilience with the inability to embrace workplace agility, adaptability and change; ultimately affecting productivity and retention.
Dr. Jeff Krauss, Chief Medical Officer at Hinge Health and Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford University, discusses how employers can address both chronic musculoskeletal spend and mental health in addition to:
  • How the depression-pain dyad is creating a cycle of pain, isolation, and depression for your workforce
  • The rationale and barriers to delivering the three pillars of best practice in musculoskeletal care
  • How a large employer implemented a comprehensive digital musculoskeletal care solution that reduced MSK pain, cut depression and anxiety rates by over 60%, and addressed high medical spend by avoiding 2 out of 3 surgeries
Brought to you by:
Dr. Krauss
Chief Medical Officer, Hinge Health
Dr. Krauss is also a Clinical Assistant Professor (affiliated) at Stanford University in the Department of Orthopedics, and practices medicine part-time as a Staff Physician at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. He is board-certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PM&R), as well as Lifestyle Medicine with extensive technology experience. Prior to medicine, he worked for eight years in product management at eBay and Oracle, and in recent years has served as an advisor to digital health investors and has authored a textbook chapter on digital medicine. Dr. Krauss graduated from Harvard College, earned his MD from UC San Francisco School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Stanford University.
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