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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 a social scientist specializing in disability studies from the theoretical perspective that nonmedical social and environmental factors play a major role in determining experiences of people with disabilities, I was pleased that Dr Zwerling and colleagues1 invoked that perspective in their discussion. However, I was disappointed in their analysis of "occupational injuries among workers with disabilities." At best, the study blurs rather than sheds light on the comparative experience of workers with and without disabilities; at worst, it perpetuates invalid and damaging stereotypes about workers with disabilities.

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