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Utilizing workers' compensation data to evaluate interventions and develop business cases.

Collins-JW; Bell-JL
Use of workers' compensation data for occupational safety and health: proceedings from June 2012 workshop. Utterback DF, Schnorr TM, eds. Cincinnati, OH: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, DHHS (NIOSH) Publication No. 2013-147, 2013 May; :169-172
Workers' compensation statutes have been enacted in all 50 United States and Washington D.C. to provide compensation for injured employees to pay for lost wages, medical costs, and rehabilitation for persons who become ill or injured as a result of their employment. Data collected through the workers' compensation process are not only used to manage work-related injury claims, but are also used in aggregate with other data to develop prevention strategies and to manage work disability. This paper describes two NIOSH studies that used workers' compensation data to: 1) conduct descriptive epidemiologic analyses to characterize the injury problem, 2) benchmark baseline injury rates, 3) develop injury prevention strategies, 4) evaluate the effectiveness of prevention strategies in rigorous intervention trials, 5) develop a business case based on the economics of the injury problem and the intervention, 6) contribute to the evidence-base of science supporting interventions addressing the leading causes of workers' compensation in the Health Care Industry, and, 7) market the research findings to key opinion leaders, policy makers, educators and practitioners to gain support for implementation of "best practices", curriculum development, standards development and legislative initiatives to stimulate industry wide implementation of the prevention programs (Collins, Bell & Grönqvist 2010).
Workers; Work-environment; Injuries; Accidents; Risk-factors; Hazards; Health-protection; Surveillance-programs; Preventive-medicine; Traumatic-injuries; Humans; Men; Women; Health-care; Risk-factors; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Epidemiology; Analytical-processes
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Utterback-DF; Schnorr-TM
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Public Safety; Transportation, Warehousing and Utilities
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Use of workers' compensation data for occupational safety and health: proceedings from June 2012 workshop