Analysis of ethnic disparities in workers' compensation claims using data linkage.
Friedman LS; Ruestow P; Forst L
J Occup Environ Med 2012 Oct; 54(10):1246-1252
OBJECTIVE: The overall goal of this research project was to assess ethnic disparities in monetary compensation among construction workers injured on the job through the linkage of medical records and workers' compensation data. METHODS: Probabilistic linkage of medical records with workers' compensation claim data. RESULTS: In the final multivariable robust regression model, compensation was $5824 higher (P = 0.030; 95% confidence interval: 551 to 11,097) for white non-Hispanic workers than for other ethnic groups when controlling for injury severity, affected body region, type of injury, average weekly wage, weeks of temporary total disability, percent permanent partial disability, death, or attorney use. CONCLUSIONS: The analysis indicates that white non-Hispanic construction workers are awarded higher monetary settlements despite the observation that for specific injuries the mean temporary total disability and permanent partial disability were equivalent to or lower than those in Hispanic and black construction workers.
Sociological-factors; Construction; Construction-industry; Construction-workers; Workers; Models; Statistical-analysis; Injuries; Analytical-processes; Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups
Lee S. Friedman, PhD, The Social Policy Research Institute, 4001 Emerson, Skokie, IL 60076
Cooperative Agreement; Construction; Grant
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-009762; Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U60-OH-009850
Construction; Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
CPWR - The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland