Functional limitations and well-being in injured municipal workers: a longitudinal study.
Gillen-M; Jewell-SA; Faucett-JA; Yelin-E
J Occup Rehabil 2004 Jun; 14(2):89-105
Two instruments, the Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) and the Short Form-36 (SF-36), were used to document both the immediate and short-term effects of workplace injuries in municipal workers. Telephone interviews were conducted up to 3 months following the injury. One hundred fourteen subjects agreed to participate in the study; 90 workers completed at least one useable interview. The relationship between functional limitation and lost days was evaluated using Cox proportional hazards models. At 3 months following the onset of injury, SF-36 scores for physical function, role-physical, and bodily pain differed significantly from population norms. Using one standard deviation of change, statistically significant hazard ratios were seen in subjects with lower SF-36 physical component summary, physical function, and bodily pain scores, and higher HAQ disability and fatigue scores. Functional limitations persisted in workers after relatively minor workplace injuries despite a 91% return to work rate.
Injuries; Work-capability; Worker-health; Questionnaires; Lost-work-days; Pain-tolerance; Physical-capacity
Department of Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143-0608
Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
University of California at San Francisco, School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems, San Francisco, California