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May 6, 1998

Risk of Injury Among Workers With Disability

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(17):1348-1350. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-17-jbk0506

To the Editor.—As director of the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, I wish to enlist the medical research community in an effort to develop adequate measures of disability so that future articles will report more balanced findings than the study by Dr Zwerling and colleagues.1

The authors identified an area of vital concern to both the research and the disability communities, namely, the relationship among work, disability, and injury. While I am sure it was not their intent to support a stereotype of disabled workers, nonetheless, this may be the result. The findings of this article are troubling because they do not adequately address significant measurement limitations. In addition, sampling decisions may have been arbitrary, and the sample choice may have had a negative impact on the results.

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