WSIB dermatitis claims file review

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Title WSIB dermatitis claims file review
Year 2000
CREOD Investigators Linn Holness
CREOD Research Program Occupational Skin Disease
Research Theme Health services – compensation
Funder Unfunded
Product Type Research Study
Background Little is known about the compensation process, particularly the medical information available for decision-making.
Study Focus (Research Question/Goals/
Methods)
The objective of the study was to review the medical information in a compensation claim file and determine the associations between available information and decisions. Fifty WSIB dermatitis claim files were abstracted in 1998.
Key Findings
  • 70% were for no lost time.
  • 1/3 were accepted.
  • 1/3 of files had only the initial reporting form and no further medical information.
  • 44% had information from a dermatologist.
  • Only 25% had a description of the relationship between symptoms and work.
  • 31% had patch testing noted, though results were only available in 12%.
  • Claims for lost time or those that were accepted had more information available in the claim file, seen a dermatologist, had patch testing.
Implications for Health/Labour Policy and Practice Improving the medical information available (and if necessary arranging for appropriate assessment) is important for decision-making for claims for work-related dermatitis.
Publication Information Publications

  • Holness DL. Results of a pilot study reviewing dermatitis claims submitted to the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. J Cut Med Surg 2000;4:117-120.

Presentations

  • Holness DL. Results of a pilot study reviewing dermatitis claims submitted to the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board. J Cut Med Surg 2000;4:117-120.