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April 13, 1994

Work Disability and Workers' Compensation-Reply

Author Affiliations

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta, Ga
University of California—San Francisco

JAMA. 1994;271(14):1079. doi:10.1001/jama.1994.03510380035025

In Reply.  —In response to the MMWR report "Prevalence of Work Disability—United States, 1990," Dr Bohmfalk raises an interesting point about the possible influence of workers' compensation policy on the apparent decreasing trend in work disability in the United States. In the report we mentioned workers' compensation as one of several correlates identified in the literature that possibly contributed to the changes in work disability estimates. However, our purpose was not to elaborate on these correlates, and the quantification of the impact of workers' compensation on work disability trends was beyond the scope of the report.For the purpose of our analysis, we used the definition of work disability provided by the US Bureau of the Census (ie, the inability to perform work resulting from a physical, mental, or other health condition of 6 months' duration or longer). This inability included limitation in the type or amount of work performed

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