Disability Risk Management and Postinjury Employment of Workers With Back Pain

William Johnson, Richard J. Butler, Marjorie Baldwin, Pierre Côté

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We analyze the outcomes of occupational back pain among four large employers that use one or more of the following disability management practices: aggressive return to work, claims management, medical management, or time-limited job accommodations. Outcomes measured at 6 and 12 months postonset include: duration of initial work absence and the probability of returning to stable employment. Employment outcomes are better in firms with more proactive return-to-work policies than in firms with more restrictive policies. We devise a statistical test for attrition bias and conclude that sample attrition does not significantly alter our results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-55
Number of pages21
JournalRisk Management and Insurance Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics


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