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Outcomes in work-related injuries: a comparison of older and younger workers.

Authors
Pransky-GS; Benjamin-KL; Savageau-JA; Currivan-D; Fletcher-K
Source
Am J Ind Med 2005 Feb; 47(2):104-112
NIOSHTIC No.
20025930
Abstract
Background: The graying of the workforce has generated concerns about the physical capacity of older workers to maintain their health and productivity on the job, especially after an injury occurs. There is little detailed research on age-related differences in work outcomes after an occupational injury. Methods: A self-report survey about occupational, health, and financial outcomes, and related factors was administered 2-8 weeks post-injury to workers aged < 55 and 55 who had lost time due to a work injury. Results: Despite more severe injuries in older workers, most outcomes were similar in both age groups. In multivariate models, age was unrelated or inversely related to poor outcomes. Injury severity, physical functioning, and problems upon return to work were associated with adverse work injury outcomes. Conclusions: Older workers appear to fare better than younger workers after a work injury; their relative advantage may be primarily due to longer workplace attachment and the healthy worker effect.
Keywords
Age-factors; Age-groups; Demographic-characteristics; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Injuries; Traumatic-injuries
Contact
Glenn S. Pransky, Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety and Health, Center for Disability Research, 71 Frankland Road, Hopkinton, MA 01748
CODEN
AJIMD8
Publication Date
20050201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
glenn.pransky@libertymutual.com
Funding Amount
774373
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2005
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003937
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
0271-3586
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Special Populations
Source Name
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
University of Massachusetts, Worchester, Massachusetts
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