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Trends, costs and correlates of stress-related workers' compensation claims in a public sector workforce


Jarman, L and Venn, A and Martin, A and Otahal, P and Ogle, F and Sanderson, K, Trends, costs and correlates of stress-related workers' compensation claims in a public sector workforce, Journal of Health, Safety and Environment, 30, (2) pp. 243-258. ISSN 1837-9362 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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In an era of increasing policy focus on the prevalence and cost of stress claims, there are few studies that have examined claim trends over time. We aimed to test whether the rates and cost of stress-related (SR) claims have changed over time, and to investigate the costs, and characteristics of these claims in a public sector workforce. Routinely collected worker's compensation claim data from 2007-08 to 2011-12, comprising 5,851 claims drawn from the Tasmanian State Service, was analysed in this study. Rates of claims submitted by men and women were very similar for SR claims and showed little change over time by sex. SR claim costs were approximately AUD$10,000 higher (median) than non-stress-related (NSR) costs for men and AUD$11,000 for women. Overall, we observed no change in the rate of SR claims over time. While costs were Stable over time they were significantly higher for SR claims.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:workers' compensation, psychological stress, time, illness cost, public service
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:Jarman, L (Ms Lisa Jarman)
UTAS Author:Venn, A (Professor Alison Venn)
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
UTAS Author:Otahal, P (Mr Petr Otahal)
UTAS Author:Sanderson, K (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
ID Code:96257
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2014-10-28
Last Modified:2017-11-03
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