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The impact of occupational injury on injured worker and family: outcomes of upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders in Maryland workers.

Authors
Keogh-JP; Nuwayhid-I; Gordon-J; Gucer-P
Source
Am J Ind Med 2000 Nov; 38(5):498-506
NIOSHTIC No.
20024669
Abstract
Surveys have identified a dramatically rising incidence of work-related upper extremity cumulative trauma disorders (UECTDs). Outcome studies have addressed time lost from work and cost of compensation; omitting other significant consequences. We assess health, functional and family outcomes. We identified 537 Workers' Compensation UECTD claimants. A computer-assisted telephone questionnaire was used to elicit symptom prevalence, functional impairment, depressive symptoms (CES-D scale), employment status. One to 4 years post-claim, respondents reported persistent symptoms severe enough to interfere with work (53%), home/recreation activities (64%) and sleep (44%). Only 64% of responses to the activities of daily living scale items indicated "normal" function. Job loss was reported by 38% of respondents, and depressive symptoms by 31%. Work-related UECTDs result in persisting symptoms and difficulty in performing simple activities of daily living, impacting home life even more than work. Job loss, symptoms of depression, and family disruption were common.
Keywords
Traumatic-injuries; Musculoskeletal-system; Arm-injuries; Neck-injuries; Medical-care; Medical-treatment; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Cumulative-trauma-disorders; Cumulative-trauma; Injuries; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Occupational-diseases; Author Keywords: carpal tunnel syndrome; occupational diseases; outcome studies; follow-up studies; workers' compensation; rehabilitation; functional outcomes; musculoskeletal diseases; socioeconomic factors; activities of daily living; depression; job loss
Contact
Patricia W. Gucer, Occupational Health Project, University of Maryland School of Medicine, 405 West Redwood Street 2nd Floor, Baltimore, MD 21201
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20001101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
pgucer@medicine.umaryland.edu
Funding Amount
221351
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2001
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-CCR-312140
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MD
Performing Organization
School of Medicine, University of Maryland Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland
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