Peter S Ruestow

Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, Edison, New Jersey, United States

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Publications (2)3.47 Total impact

  • Peter S Ruestow, Lee S Friedman
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: To characterize the relationship between acute measures of severity and three important workers' compensation outcomes associated with a worker's ability to return to work and the cost of a work-related injury. METHODS: Probabilistic data linkage of workers' compensation claims made by injured construction workers from 2000 to 2005 with two Illinois medical record registries. Multivariable robust regression models were built to assess the relationship between three in-hospital measures and three outcomes captured in the Workers' Compensation data. RESULTS: In the final multivariable models, a categorical increase in injury severity was associated with an extra $7,830 (95% CI: $4,729-$10,930) of monetary compensation awarded, though not with temporary total disability (TTD) or permanent partial disability (PPD). Our models also predicted that every extra day spent in the hospital results in an increase of 0.51 (95% CI: 0.23-0.80) weeks of TTD and an extra $1,248 (95% CI: $810-$1,686) in monetary compensation. Discharge to an intermediate care facility following the initial hospitalization was associated with an increase of 8.15 (95% CI: 4.03-12.28) weeks of TTD and an increase of $23,440 (95% CI: $17,033-$29,847) in monetary compensation. CONCLUSIONS: We were able to link data from the initial hospitalization for an injured worker with the final workers' compensation claims decision or settlement. The in-hospital measures of injury severity were associated with total monetary compensation as captured in the workers' compensation process. Am. J. Ind. Med. XX:XXX-XXX, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    American Journal of Industrial Medicine 06/2013; · 1.59 Impact Factor
  • Lee S Friedman, Peter Ruestow, Linda Forst
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    ABSTRACT: : The overall goal of this research project was to assess ethnic disparities in monetary compensation among construction workers injured on the job through the linkage of medical records and workers' compensation data. : Probabilistic linkage of medical records with workers' compensation claim data. : In the final multivariable robust regression model, compensation was $5824 higher (P = 0.030; 95% confidence interval: 551 to 11,097) for white non-Hispanic workers than for other ethnic groups when controlling for injury severity, affected body region, type of injury, average weekly wage, weeks of temporary total disability, percent permanent partial disability, death, or attorney use. : The analysis indicates that white non-Hispanic construction workers are awarded higher monetary settlements despite the observation that for specific injuries the mean temporary total disability and permanent partial disability were equivalent to or lower than those in Hispanic and black construction workers.
    Journal of occupational and environmental medicine / American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 07/2012; 54(10):1246-52. · 1.88 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

3 Citations
3.47 Total Impact Points


  • 2013
    • Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute
      Edison, New Jersey, United States
    • University of Illinois at Chicago
      • Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
      Chicago, IL, United States