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Worker's compensation and return-to-work following orthopaedic injury to extremities.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18509558     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To explore the influence of workers' compensation coverage on injury patterns and return-to-work outcome in orthopaedic injuries of the extremities.
DESIGN: Prospective and follow-up study.
SUBJECTS: A total of 154 subjects were recruited and 37.7% of the injuries were covered by workers' compensation.
METHODS: Baseline data were obtained by questionnaire and chart review. The main outcome variable was time of first return to work. Subjects were followed up at 1, 3 and 6 months after initial interview. Cox proportional hazards model was used to analyse associations between potential predictors and return-to-work.
RESULTS: The workers' compensation group were most likely to be men employed in labour occupations and were most likely to sustain crushing injuries, or injuries from being struck by objects. The 6-month return-to-work rates for the workers' compensation and non-workers' compensation groups were 70.7% and 71.9%. Early return-to-work was associated with more years in higher education, and increased self-efficacy in both groups. Moreover, age older than 45 years and hospitalization less than 14 days were associated with early return-to-work in the non-workers' compensation group.
CONCLUSION: The injury patterns of workers' compensation and non-workers' compensation groups differed, but the likelihood of return-to-work at 6-month follow-up was similar. More years of education and self-efficacy were positive predictors of return-to-work.
Wen-Hsuan Hou; Jau-Yih Tsauo; Ching-Hua Lin; Huey-Wen Liang; Chung-Li Du
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of rehabilitation medicine     Volume:  40     ISSN:  1650-1977     ISO Abbreviation:  J Rehabil Med     Publication Date:  2008 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-05-29     Completed Date:  2008-06-24     Revised Date:  2014-05-30    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101088169     Medline TA:  J Rehabil Med     Country:  Sweden    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  440-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Accidents, Occupational
Arm Injuries / rehabilitation*
Educational Status
Follow-Up Studies
Insurance Coverage
Job Satisfaction
Leg Injuries / rehabilitation*
Occupational Diseases / rehabilitation*
Prospective Studies
Rehabilitation, Vocational*
Self Efficacy
Socioeconomic Factors
Workers' Compensation*

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