Do claim factors predict health care utilization after transport accidents?

Nieke A Elbers, Pim Cuijpers, Arno J Akkermans, Alex Collie, Rasa Ruseckaite, David J Bruinvels

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    Abstract

    Injured people who are involved in compensation processes have less recovery and less well-being compared to those not involved in claims settlement procedures. This study investigated whether claim factors, such as no-fault versus common law claims, the number of independent medical assessments, and legal disputes, predict health care utilization after transport accidents. Method: The sample consisted of 68,911 claimants who lodged a compensation claim at the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) in Victoria, Australia, between 2000 and 2005. The main outcome measure was health care utilization, which was defined as the number of visits to health care providers (e.g. general practitioners, physiotherapists, psychologists) during the 5 year period post-accident. Results: After correction for gender, age, role in accident, injury type, and severity of injury, it was found that independent medical assessments were associated with greater health care utilization (? =.36, p
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)121 - 126
    Number of pages6
    JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
    Volume53
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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