Workers’ Compensation Research Institute Studies Help Predict Worker Outcomes
The Workers’ Compensation Research Institute conducts numerous studies to try to help workers, employers, and insurance companies get the best results for injured employees. One of their most recent studies focused on the main cost concern in workers’ compensation cases – paying for medical expenses so the employee can get healthy again. Their study consisted of phone interviews with 3,200 workers across eight states including North Carolina who were out of work for at least a week in 2010.
The study is meant to help predict which factors lead to the best medical results. Some of the key questions raised were:
- How important was trust in the worker outcome?
- How do injury factors such as the severity of the injury and the type of injury impact the result
- How do personal factors such as job history, marital status, education, gender, age, and language spoken affect the outcome?
- How do combinations of injuries and illnesses affect whether the worker can return to work?
- What roles do economic factors play such as the unemployment rate, local job market conditions, and urbanization?
Several doctors helped to conduct the study. The outcomes may be able to help doctors better treat their patients, may help employers better prepare their workplace to minimize accidents, help insurance companies plan for accidents, and mostly help patients get better care.
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