Upper extremity disorders (UEDs) account for a significant number of work-related illnesses in the US workforce.
Little information exists on the distribution of UEDs, their associated health care and indemnity costs, or patterns of work disability.
The study presented is an analysis of upper extremity claims within the federal workforce.
In this study, the universe consisted of all claims accepted by the US Department of Labor, Office of Workers'Compensation Programs (OWCP), from October 1,1993, through September 30,1994.
A total of 183,927 claims of notices of injury were processed during the study period, and of these, 8,147 or 4.4% had an UED diagnosis coded according to the International Classification of Diseases, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM). 5,844 claims involved a single UED diagnosis and were the only claims filed by these employees between October 1,1990, and September 30,1994.
These single claims with single diagnoses comprised the sample for further analysis.
Mononeuritis and enthesopathies of the upper limb were the most common diagnoses, accounting for 43% and 31% of the claims, respectively.
Women had a higher proportion of carpal tunnel syndrome, « unspecified » mononeuritis, and « unspecired » enthesopathies.
The majority of claimants for both the mononeuritis-and enthesopathy-related diagnoses were between 31 and 50 years of age, received only health care benefits, and did not incur wage loss. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Etats Unis, Amérique du Nord, Amérique, Exposition professionnelle, Médecine travail, Membre supérieur, Système ostéoarticulaire pathologie, Homme, Prévalence, Epidémiologie, Analyse coût, Economie santé, Incapacité, Handicap, Indemnité dédommagement
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : United States, North America, America, Occupational exposure, Occupational medicine, Upper limb, Diseases of the osteoarticular system, Human, Prevalence, Epidemiology, Cost analysis, Health economy, Disability, Handicap, Indemnity
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0353992
Code Inist : 002B16H. Création : 27/11/1998.