Monday, 6 October 2014

Work related injuries: Where are they reported?

School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine PhD student Judith McInnes has co authored a study which looks at the differences and similarities between three sources of work-related injury information: workers compensation claims, emergency department presentation data and hospital admissions data. 

According to the study, rates of hospital admissions for treatment of work-related injury increased over the study period, compared with decreasing rates of injury in compensation claims and emergency department data. The highest rate of injuries to younger workers was captured in emergency department data. There was greater capture of musculoskeletal injuries by workers’ compensation data, and of open wound and burn injury by the emergency department data. Broad similarities were noted for temporal trends according to gender, for the distribution of cases across older age groups and for rates of fracture injuries.

These study findings inform use of workers’ compensation, emergency department presentation and hospital admission data sets as sources of information for surveillance of work-related injuries in countries where these types of data are routinely collected. 

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