Worker's compensation and return-to-work following orthopaedic injury to extremities

Wen Hsuan Hou, Jau Yih Tsauo, Ching Hua Lin, Huey Wen Liang, Chung Li Du

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-445
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008
Externally publishedYes

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Workers' Compensation
Return to Work
Orthopedics
Extremities
Wounds and Injuries
Self Efficacy
Education
Occupations
Proportional Hazards Models
Hospitalization
Interviews

Keywords

  • Occupational injuries
  • Return to work
  • Workers' compensation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Health Professions(all)
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Worker's compensation and return-to-work following orthopaedic injury to extremities. / Hou, Wen Hsuan; Tsauo, Jau Yih; Lin, Ching Hua; Liang, Huey Wen; Du, Chung Li.

In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine, Vol. 40, No. 6, 06.2008, p. 440-445.

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Hou, Wen Hsuan ; Tsauo, Jau Yih ; Lin, Ching Hua ; Liang, Huey Wen ; Du, Chung Li. / Worker's compensation and return-to-work following orthopaedic injury to extremities. In: Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. 2008 ; Vol. 40, No. 6. pp. 440-445.
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