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Functional limitations and well-being in injured municipal workers: a longitudinal study.

Authors
Gillen-M; Jewell-SA; Faucett-JA; Yelin-E
Source
J Occup Rehabil 2004 Jun; 14(2):89-105
NIOSHTIC No.
20029066
Abstract
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.
Keywords
Injuries; Work-capability; Worker-health; Questionnaires; Lost-work-days; Pain-tolerance; Physical-capacity
Contact
Department of Community Health Systems, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, California 94143-0608
CODEN
JOCTEW
Publication Date
20040601
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
marion.gillen@nursing.ucsf.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2004
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R03-OH-003771
Issue of Publication
2
ISSN
1053-0487
Source Name
Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation
State
CA
Performing Organization
University of California at San Francisco, School of Nursing, Department of Community Health Systems, San Francisco, California
Page last reviewed: July 22, 2019
Content source: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health Education and Information Division