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Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/JOM.0b013e31828dc9ea
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Nonwage Losses Associated With Occupational Injury Among Health Care Workers

Guzman, Jaime MD, MSc; Ibrahimova, Aybaniz MD; Tompa, Emile PhD; Koehoorn, Mieke PhD; Alamgir, Hasanat PhD

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Abstract

Objective: To examine nonwage losses after occupational injury among health care workers and the factors associated with the magnitude of these losses.

Methods: Inception cohort of workers filing an occupational injury claim in a Canadian province. Worker self-reports were used to calculate (1) the nonwage economic losses in 2010 Canadian dollars, and (2) the number of quality-adjusted days of life lost on the basis of the EuroQOL Index.

Results: Most workers (84%; n = 123) had musculoskeletal injuries (MSIs). Each MSI resulted in nonwage economic losses of Can$3131 (95% confidence interval, Can$3035 to Can$3226), lost wages of Can$5286, and 7.9 quality-adjusted days of life lost within 12 weeks after injury. Losses varied with type of injury, region of the province, and occupation. Non-MSIs were associated with smaller losses.

Conclusions: These estimates of nonwage losses should be considered in workers' injury compensation policies and in economic evaluation studies.

Copyright © 2013 by the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

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