Guidelines, Methodology & Article Critiques

The documents in this section explain the methodology used in the development of the guidance, recommendations, and evidence statements found in Colorado's Medical Treatment Guidelines. 

  • General Medical Literature Search Strategy 
    describes the selection criteria used when conducting the comprehensive literature review and applies to all 9 guidelines
  • Division of Workers' Compensation Evidence Methodology Standards 
    explains, compares, and demonstrates compliance with a variety of national and international criteria
  • Search Terms/General Search Topics
    offer individualized sets of search terms and topics developed by Division personnel for each of the 9 guidelines
  • Assessment Criteria & Related Critiques
    provide detailed information on how Divison personnel assess the strength and quality of a multitude of selected scholarly articles

Exhibit #1: Low Back Pain (For the referenced version of this guideline, click here)

Search Terms/General Search Topics


Exhibit #3: Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (For the referenced version of this guideline, click here)

Search Terms/General Search Topics


Exhibit #4: Shoulder Injury (For the referenced version of this guideline, click here)

Search Terms/General Search Topics


Exhibit #5: Cumulative Trauma Conditions (For the referenced version of this guideline, click here)

Search Terms/General Search Topics


Exhibit #6: Lower Extremity Injury (For the referenced version of this guideline, click here)

Search Terms/General Search Topics


Exhibit #7: Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (For the referenced version of this guideline, click here)

Search Terms/General Search Topics


Exhibit #8: Cervical Spine Injury (For the referenced version of this guideline, click here)

Search Terms/General Search Topics


Exhibit #9: Chronic Pain Disorder (For the referenced version of this guideline, click here)

Search Terms/General Search Topics


Exhibit #10: Traumatic Brain Injury (For the referenced version of this guideline, click here)

Search Terms/General Search Topics


Contact Us

If you have questions about the methodology or critiques:

Barbara Fahmy
303-318-8760
barbara.fahmy@state.co.us