Predictors of Worker Outcomes in Tennessee

By Richard A. Victor, Bogdan Savych, Vennela Thumula

January 1, 2015 Related Topics: Access to Care, Outcomes for Injured Workers, Return to Work

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:

  • Injury characteristics
  • Unrelated health conditions or comorbidities
  •  Worker characteristics
  • Attributes of the work environment
  • Local labor market conditions

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 Tennessee. Bogdan Savych, Vennela Thumula, and Richard A. Victor. January 2015. WC-15-05.


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