There is little information on the length of disability (LOD) reported for work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the upper extremity (WMS-DUE).
For this study, LOD, cost, and the relationship between LOD and cost were derived from a large workers'compensation company's claims data for 1994 WMSDUE (n=21,338).
The average LOD was 87 days, with a median of zero days.
For those claims with at least one day of compensable disability (25.2%), the average and median LOD were 294 and 99 days, respectively.
The distribution of cost was skewed, with the average cost of a claim being 13 times higher than its median.
Approximately 60% of the claims cost $1000 or less.
Additionally, the 6.8% of the claims with an LOD greater than one year accounted for 59.9% of the cost and 75% of the total disability days.
The majority of WMSDUE claimants did not lose sufficient time to qualify for indemnity.
For those who did receive lost time wages, a disability duration of more than three months was typical.
Mots-clés Pascal : Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Membre supérieur, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Homme, Durée, Handicap, Incapacité, Epidémiologie, Coût, Indemnité dédommagement, Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Economie santé
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Upper limb, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Human, Duration, Handicap, Disability, Epidemiology, Costs, Indemnity, United States, North America, America, Health economy
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0202061
Code Inist : 002B16H. Création : 11/09/1998.