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Is disability underreported following work injury?

Authors
Evanoff-B; Abedin-S; Grayson-D; Dale-AM; Wolf-L; Bohr-P
Source
J Occup Rehabil 2002 Sep; 12(3):139-150
NIOSHTIC No.
20029503
Abstract
Existing national data may underreport the full burden of occupational injuries and illnesses. This study sought to provide more complete reporting and to assess disability that persisted following return to work. Workers (n = 205) with a musculoskeletal injury resulting in 5 or more days of lost time or restricted duty were recruited from three employers. Data on work status and functional limitations were derived from multiple sources including administrative records, medical records, and patient interviews at baseline and 6 months. Results indicate that many workers reported continuing difficulties functioning at work following return to full duty. Measures of health-related quality of life improved over 6 months, but bodily pain and physical functioning scores remained lower than expected based on national averages. Sixteen percent of workers were reinjured within a year following initial injury. Following return to work, many workers experienced reinjury or reported persistent limitations in function 6 months following injury. Based on study findings the conclusion is drawn that OSHA logs may provide accurate measures of initial episodes of time loss from work but may under-represent the full magnitude of lost time following work injury.
Keywords
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Ergonomics; Workplace-studies; Injuries; Disabled-workers; Statistical-analysis
Contact
Division of General Medical Sciences, Washington University School of Medicine, Campus Box 8005, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110
CODEN
JOCTEW
Publication Date
20020901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
bevanoff@im.wustl.edu
Funding Amount
799220
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003704
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1053-0487
Priority Area
Disease and Injury: Musculoskeletal Disorders of the Upper Extremities
Source Name
Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
State
MO
Performing Organization
Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri
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