Work-related concussion surveillance.
Am J Ind Med 2015 Jan; 58(1):40-45
Background: The goal of this study was to use multiple state-based data sources (emergency department [ED] visits, hospital discharge [HD] data, and workers' compensation [WC] data) to estimate the 2011 work-related concussion injury rate in Kentucky. Methods: Deterministic data linkages between the 2011 WC data and ED/HD data were performed. Annual crude rates of work-related concussions per 100,000 employed civilians age 16 years or older were reported. Results: Using the three data sources, the 2011 work-related concussion crude rate was 31.8/100,000, higher for men (38.8/100,000) than for women (24.1/100,000). The use of WC data alone resulted in an estimated rate of only 11.7/100,000. ED data utilization alone resulted in a rate of 21.7/100,000. Conclusion: This study's primary recommendation is to use WC, ED, and HD data on a routine basis as part of multiple data source surveillance for work-related concussion injuries.
Epidemiology; Surveillance-programs; Emergency-care; Emergency-treatment; Injuries; Work-environment; Head-injuries; Men; Women; Workers; Worker-health; Brain-damage; Statistical-analysis;
Author Keywords: work-related; concussion; surveillance; multiple data sources; workers' compensation; emergency department visits; hospitalizations
Svetla Slavova, PhD, Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center, University of Kentucky, 333 Waller Ave, Suite 242, Lexington, KY 40504
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
University of Kentucky