Today’s issue of WorkCompRecap features the release of six new state studies from WCRI that compare outcomes of injured workers in Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Virginia, and Wisconsin as well as nine other states.
The injured worker outcomes that were examined included recovery of physical health and functioning, return to work, earnings recovery, access to medical care, and satisfaction with medical care. The study is a product of an ongoing, multiyear effort by WCRI to collect and examine data on the outcomes of medical care achieved by injured workers in a growing number of states. Examples of some of the key findings included that in Virginia, 14% of injured workers with over seven days of lost time reported never returning to work for at least a one-month period predominantly due to the injury as of three years post-injury, and 17% reported no substantial RTW within one year of the injury.
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