In this study, an extensive data set from a regional workers'compensation system was analyzed to determine whether particular sites or types of injury were associated with prolonged disability.
This data shows a similar pattern of vocational disability for almost all sites and types of injury.
A workers'compensation carrier collects data for financial purposes related to insurance, and such data therefore has several serious potential deficiencies when used for clinical research.
However, published data on disablement after nonoccupational trauma shows similar patterns of vocational and nonvocational disability, and also shows dependence on severity of injury.
In both settings, head injury is associated with greater occupational disability.
Because treatment, policy, and medicolegal decisions are based on the impression of « typical disability » for particular sites and types of injury, there is a need for better documentation of post-traumatic disablement in compensation settings and in noncompensation settings.
This should include better classification of the cause, type, and severity of the injury, and of the functional outcome in terms of both the resumption of occupational and nonoccupational roles, and of persistence in these roles.
Mots-clés Pascal : Traumatisme, Localisation, Typologie, Handicap, Incapacité travail, Récupération, Durée, Homme, Pronostic, Milieu professionnel, Médecine travail
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Trauma, Localization, Typology, Handicap, Work disability, Recovery, Duration, Human, Prognosis, Occupational environment, Occupational medicine
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0062215
Code Inist : 002B16N. Création : 21/05/1997.