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Occupational injury and illness surveillance: conceptual filters explain underreporting.

Authors
Azaroff-LS; Levenstein-C; Wegman-DH
Source
Am J Publ Health 2002 Sep; 92(9):1421-1429
NIOSHTIC No.
20024328
Abstract
Occupational health surveillance data are key to effective intervention. However, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics survey significantly underestimates the incidence of work-related injuries and illnesses. Researchers supplement these statistics with data from other systems not designed for surveillance. The authors apply the filter model of Webb et al. to underreporting by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workers' compensation wage-replacement documents, physician reporting systems, and medical records of treatment charged to workers' compensation. Mechanisms are described for the loss of cases at successive steps of documentation. Empirical findings indicate that workers repeatedly risk adverse consequences for attempting to complete these steps, while systems for ensuring their completion are weak or absent.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Occupational-hazards; Health-care; Health-hazards; Work-environment; Safety-measures; Injuries; Occupational-exposure
Contact
Lenore S. Azaroff, ScD, University of Massachusetts Lowell Work Environment Department, One University Ave, Lowell, MA 01854
CODEN
AJHEAA
Publication Date
20020901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
lenore_azaroff@uml.edu
Funding Amount
108000
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-000178
Issue of Publication
9
ISSN
0090-0036
Source Name
American Journal of Public Health
State
MA
Performing Organization
University of Lowell Research Foundation, Lowell, Massachusetts
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