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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
Issue of Publication
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
University of Kentucky
Page last reviewed: March 11, 2019
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