Four new state-specific studies identified new predictors of worker outcomes that can help public officials, payors, and health care providers improve the treatment and communication an injured worker receives after an injury―leading to better outcomes. The states examined were Arkansas, Connecticut, Iowa and Tennessee. The studies represent Phase 2 of a multi-phase study to examine worker outcomes. They analyzed a wide range of possible predictors, some of which are based on data that are not usually available in workers’ compensation data systems, such as the following:
The studies are based on telephone interviews with 4,915 injured workers across the following 12 states: Arkansas, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, and Wisconsin. The surveys were conducted in 2013 and 2014 for injuries in 2010 and 2011. All workers who were interviewed had received workers’ compensation benefits and experienced more than seven days of lost time from work. On average, the injuries for the workers surveyed had occurred between 2.8 and 3.3 years prior to the interviews.
Predictors of Workers Outcomes in Arkansas. Bogdan Savych, Vennela Thumula, and Richard A. Victor. January 2015. WC-15-02.
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