Injury among Health Care Workers

Issue
When workers are injured in the course of their employment, workers’ compensation agencies in
Canada provides benefits to those workers. Replacement benefits are calculated as a proportion of
lost wages and are designed to replace salaries for injured workers who are unable to work. These
benefits may not capture non-wage losses, such as time lost from family/household obligations,
community involvement, out-of-pocket expenses, and loss of quality of life.

This study set out to capture the scope of non-wage losses incurred by Canadian healthcare workers
following occupational injury, as well as the impact of social, demographic, and work factors
following injury.

  • Key findings
    1. Time lost by injured workers and those assisting them represented the most significant non-wage
    loss.
    2. Non-wage economic losses were estimated to be 59% of lost wages over the first 12 weeks of a
    musculoskeletal injury (MSI).
    3. Non-wage losses varied by type of injury, a region of residence, and the specific occupation of the
    injured healthcare worker.
    Objectives
    4. To estimate typical non-wage economic and quality-of-life losses experienced by healthcare
    workers following occupational injuries.
    5. To understand the impact injury type and place of residence might have.
    6. To identify other important factors.

Method
Study participants were recruited from the pool of British Columbia healthcare workers who filed a
workers’ compensation claim between October 2009 and March 2011. Participants were asked to
complete a daily written questionnaire for the first 12 weeks after injury.
The results of these questionnaires were compiled and used to calculate non-wage losses and the
number of quality-adjusted life day losses experienced by each participant.

you can download the full report from here.

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