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Category: Workers’ Compensation

Worker Recovery and Return to Work

Work-related disability is associated with many negative health and social outcomes including reduced quality of life, job loss, reduced lifetime income, injuries among family caregivers, and premature death. For example, a recent NIOSH-funded study found that workers who suffer serious injuries requiring days away from work are more likely to die sooner than workers with Read More >

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The Opioid Overdose Epidemic and the Workplace

  Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released troubling statistics on the growing epidemic of drug and opioid overdose deaths in the United States.  The origins of this epidemic have been linked to prescription opioids.  While it is unknown how many drug and opioid overdose deaths are associated with workplace injuries and Read More >

Posted on by Dawn Castillo, MPH and John Howard, MD28 Comments

A NIOSH Role in Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention

  *NCCI has released new data since the posting of this blog.  Recent workers’ compensation studies reveal controlled substances accounted for 29% of prescription drug costs in 2014.   Prescription drug abuse and overdoses are a major public health concern (Health, United States 2013).  The CDC reports that opioid overdose deaths in particular have quadrupled since 1999, Read More >

Posted on by John Howard, MD and Steve Wurzelbacher, PhD, CPE, ARM 37 Comments

Using Workers’ Compensation Records for Safety and Health Research

Workers’ compensation insurance has been established in all states to provide income protection, medical treatment, and rehabilita­tion for employees who are injured or become ill as a result of work.  Workers’ compensation claims and medical treatment records along with other information resources have been used to conduct occupational safety and health research and surveillance and Read More >

Posted on by David F. Utterback, Ph.D.; Alysha R. Meyers, Ph.D., AEP; Steve Wurzelbacher, PhD, CPE, ARM51 Comments
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