Costs and Work Loss Burden of Diagnosed Opioid Abuse Among Employees on Workers Compensation or Short-term Disability.

@article{Johnston2016CostsAW,
  title={Costs and Work Loss Burden of Diagnosed Opioid Abuse Among Employees on Workers Compensation or Short-term Disability.},
  author={Stephen S. Johnston and A Herbert Alexander and Elizabeth T. Masters and Jack Mardekian and David Semel and Elisabetta Malangone-Monaco and Ellen Riehle and Kathleen P Wilson and Alesia Beth Sadosky},
  journal={Journal of occupational and environmental medicine},
  year={2016},
  volume={58 11},
  pages={
          1087-1097
        }
}
OBJECTIVE To compare 12-month healthcare costs between employees with versus without diagnosed opioid abuse within 12 months after an injury-related workers' compensation (WC) or short-term disability (STD) claim. METHODS Retrospective study using 2003 to 2014 US insurance claims linked to administrative data on WC/STD claims. Multivariable models compared healthcare costs between employees with versus without diagnosed opioid abuse. RESULTS Study included 107,975 opioid-treated employees… CONTINUE READING
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