Development of a brief questionnaire to predict long-term disability.
Fulton-Kehoe-D; Stover-BD; Turner-JA; Sheppard-L; Gluck-JV; Wickizer-TM; Franklin-GM
J Environ Med 2008 Sep; 50(9):1042-1052
OBJECTIVE: To develop a brief worker-completed questionnaire for use soon after a work-related back injury to assess risk of long-term work disability. METHODS: In this prospective cohort study, 1885 workers provided information about pain, function, psychosocial, and work characteristics about 3 weeks after filing claims for new back injuries. Classification and regression tree analysis was used to identify the best predictive model of work disability status 1 year after claim submission. RESULTS: Pain interference with ability to work (>5, 0 to 10 scale), not currently working, and radiating leg pain comprised the best model which accurately classified 77% of the workers. CONCLUSIONS: A brief questionnaire assessing pain interference with work, current work status, and radiating leg pain might be useful in assessing risk of long-term work disability due to back injury.
Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Psychological-effects; Psychophysiology; Sociological-factors; Demographic-characteristics; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Work-environment; Pain-tolerance; Questionnaires; Statistical-analysis; Back-injuries; Leg-injuries
Deborah Fulton-Kehoe, MPH, PhD, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Occupational Epidemiology and Health Outcomes Program, 1914 N. 34th Street, #101 Seattle, WA 98103
Journal of Environmental Medicine
University of Washington