Musculoskeletal disorders and associated healthcare costs among family members of injured workers

Research has infrequently looked beyond the injured worker when gauging the burden of occupational injury. In the present study, the authors explored the relationship between occupational injury and musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) among family members of injured workers. The authors used 2005 and 2006 Truven Health Analytics databases, which contain information on workers’ compensation and family healthcare claims. Descriptive analyses, and negative binomial and two-part models were also used. Family members of severely injured workers had a 15% increase in the total number of MSD outpatient claims and a 34% increase in the mean cost of MSD claims compared to family members of non-severely injured workers within 3 months after injury. Extrapolating cost results to the national level implies that severe occupational injury would be associated with between $29 and $33 million additional cost of family member outpatient MSD claims. The authors concluded that occupational injury can impose a formerly unrecognised health burden on family members of injured workers.

Authors: Asfaw A, Pana-Cryan R, Bushnell T, Sauter S. ;Full Source: American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2015 Aug 31. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22500. [fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][Epub ahead of print] ;[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]