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Welcome to the US Department of Defense entry page for MDGuidelines

If you already have registered for MDGuidelines, please sign in with your user name and password.

If you are officially affiliated with the US Department of Defense (for example by being a member of the military) and have not registered, you may do that now. Please fill out the requested information beneath the words "SELF REGISTRATION." To sign into MDGuidelines after the registration, your email will be your user name and your password will be the one you create during the registration process.

MDGuidelines provides various kinds of return-to-work and treatment information. Its core product is the return-to-work guidelines from The Medical Disability Advisor (MDA). This authoritative reference on disability duration of over 6700 medical conditions presents key information for the proper case management. These guidelines apply to both injured and ill uniformed personnel on limited duty as well as to civilian workers applying for or receiving workers compensation/disability benefits. The MDGuidelines information will help those involved in managing disabilities (treating specialists, supervisors, and human resources personnel) to coordinate effectively among the various parties. The outcome of returning to work on either light or full duty is the chief goal.

MDGuidelines, which lists expected duration of disability based on work type (very heavy, heavy, medium, light, sedentary), encourages light duty as an important aid to recovery. Workers or uniformed personnel who stay home for prolonged durations are predisposed to having delayed recovery which ultimately may prevent them from returning to work at all. This concept of the advantage of early return to work originally stems from military research into the treatment of “battle fatigue,” whereby a service member was more likely to return to combat if they were treated with the expectation of returning to their unit. Epidemiologically, people who work live longer, based on both financial, physical, mental health factors, with the concept enshrined as the “healthy worker effect.”

For information about MDGuidelines and its features, use the "Help" link that appears at the top of each page.

For assistance with the site or the registration, feel free to contact Guidelines@ReedGroup.com