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Occupational health and safety surveillance and research using workers' compensation data.

Authors
Utterback-DF; Schnorr-TM; Silverstein-BA; Spieler-EA; Leamon-TB; Amick-BC III
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2012 Feb; :54 (2):171-176
NIOSHTIC No.
20040205
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: Examine uses of US workers' compensation (WC) data for occupational safety and health purposes. METHODS: This article is a summary of the proceedings from an invitational workshop held in September 2009 to discuss the use of WC data for occupational safety and health prevention purposes. RESULTS: Workers' compensation data systems, although limited in many ways, contain information such as medical treatments, their costs and outcomes, and disability causes that are unavailable from national occupational surveillance sources. CONCLUSIONS: Despite their limitations, WC records are collected in a manner consistent with many occupational health and safety surveillance needs. Reports are available on the use of WC data for surveillance and research purposes such as estimating the frequency, magnitude, severity, and cost of compensated injuries. Inconsistencies in WC data can limit generalization of research results.
Keywords
Information-systems; Information-processing; Surveillance-programs; Medical-research; Worker-health; Workers; Health-care; Disabled-workers; Medical-services; Medical-treatment
Contact
David F. Utterback, PhD, CDC/NIOSH, 4676 Columbia Parkway, R-12, Cincinnati, OH 45226
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20120201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
dutterback@cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2012
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
B02012012
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1076-2752
NIOSH Division
DSHEFS
Priority Area
Services
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
OH; WA; MA; TX
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