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The association between time taken to report, lodge and start wage replacement and return-to-work outcomes

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Cocker, F ORCID: 0000-0002-2889-2114, Sim, MR, Kelsall, H and Smith, PM 2018 , 'The association between time taken to report, lodge and start wage replacement and return-to-work outcomes' , Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine , pp. 1-28 , doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001294.

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Abstract

Objective: Determine if prolonged times taken to notify, file, adjudicate and start wage replacement for workers' compensation claims are associated with poorer return-to-work outcomes.Methods: Using 71,607 claims lodged 2007-12, logistic regression determined associations between time to claim filing, adjudication and payment and; i) socio-demographic/economic, occupational, and injury-related factors; and ii) 52 weeks of wage replacement (WR).Results: Prolonged times for all processing steps were associated with increased odds of reaching 52 weeks of WR. Prolonged times in more than one step increased the odds of a long-term claim. Being female was the only variable consistently associated with each prolonged processing time.Conclusions: The predictive ability of prolonged times in claim lodgement and processing and compensation payments demonstrate that shorter claims management and adjudication times could improve return-to-work outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cocker, F and Sim, MR and Kelsall, H and Smith, PM
Keywords: workplace, compensable injury, delays, long-term injured workers, wage replacement
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
ISSN: 1536-5948
DOI / ID Number: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001294
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Copyright © 2018 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. The Author's Accepted Manuscript is not the final published version. The final version may be accessed via the links to the Official URL and DOI.

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