Accurate estimates of the incidence of hospitalised work-related injury are not currently available from routine national hospitalised morbidity data sources. New South Wales hospitalisation data is one source that can assist in refining the epidemiology of work-related injuries. This study uses NSW hospitalisation data from 2000/01 to 2004/05 to quantify the variation in estimates and compare the profile of work-related injury that can arise from the use of different variables (that is, activity at time of injury, payment status, or work-related condition) within hospitalised morbidity data to define the work-related status of an injury. Hospitalisation data can be used to estimate the overall burden of work-related injuries in NSW. The results of this study demonstrate the need to supplement the activity at time of injury variable to identify work-related cases in hospitalisation data with other means of ascertaining work-relatedness (for example, by linking hospital data with additional data sources.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational Health and Safety - Australia and New Zealand|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2008|