The Department of Industrial Relations quietly released the Physician's Guide to Medical Practice in the California Workers' Compensation System ("Physician's Guide"). This was the Fourth Edition of the Guide. The Physician's Guide was last revised in 2001. The Guide was intended to provide an overview of the Workers' Compensation system. The purpose of the Physician's Guide is to put practical and usable information in the hands of physicians who are caring for injured workers in California, and is not intended to replace clinical judgment. It is not meant to be a legal treatise or to include legal citations in support. That being said, the Physician's Guide is intended to be an educational tool and a convenient reference for information about the operation of the system.
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