Musculoskeletal surgeries among injured workers in BC: investigating outcomes by private versus public setting and expedited status

Project number: 
07-011
Approval date: 
Monday, April 21, 2008
Principal Investigator: 
Koehoorn,Mieke
Institution: 
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Funding Agency: 
Canadian Institutes of Health Research(CIHR)
Datasets requested: 
Hospital Separations (BC Ministry of Health)
WorkSafe BC Claims Files and Firm Level Data
Consolidation registry (Ministry of Health)
Deaths (BC Vital Statistics Agency)
Medical Services Plan (BC Ministry of Health)
Research objective: 

To investigate differences in health and work-related outcomes for a workers compensation population undergoing knee meniscus surgery and anterior cruciate ligament surgery by private clinic versus public hospital setting and by expedited status. Expedited is defined as surgeries performed within 20 days of WorkSafeBC approval for surgery and where a higher fee is paid for surgical services by workers compensation.

Publications: 

Journal Publication

  • Koehoorn, M.; Fan, J.; Barer, M.; McGrail, K. Hogg-Johnson, S.; Côté, P.; McLeod, C. "Do private clinics or expedited fees reduce disability duration for injured workers following knee surgery?" Accepted for publication in Health Care Policy (2011)
  • Fan, J. K.; McLeod, C. B.; Koehoorn, M. "Sociodemographic, clinical, and work characteristics associated with return-to-work outcomes following surgery for work-related knee injury." Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health (2010) 36 4  332-338

Interview (radio/newspaper/television/internet etc.)

  • Koehoorn, M. "Clinics take legal action in fight for private health care." Globe and Mail.  January 29, 2009. Coverage of surgical outcomes research/presentations
  • Koehoorn, M. "Guerre ouverte entre les médecins et la province." CBC news radio (French).  January 29, 2009.  Coverage of surgical outcomes research /presentations

Presentation of research material (poster/seminar/lecture etc.)

  • Fan, J.K.; McLeod, C.B.; Koehoon, M. "Sociodemographic, clinical, and work characteristics associated with partial, full, or no return to work following work-related knee surgery." BC Environmental & Occupational Health Research Network Scientific Exchange and AGM; 2009 Nov 20; Vancouver, BC
  • Fan, J.K.; McLeod, C.B.; Koehoon, M. "Return to work following knee surgery: The role of sociodemographic, work and clinical characteristics." Population Data BC Spring Conference, Vancouver, BC, March 17-18, 2009
  • Fan, J.K.; Nath, R.N.; Lorenz, E.P.; McLeod, C.B.; Koehoorn, M. "Musculoskeletal surgeries: outcomes by surgical setting and expedited status." Centre for Health Services and Policy Research UBC Internal Seminar, Vancouver, BC, December 5, 2008
  • Lorenz, E.P.; McLeod, C.B.; Fan, J.K.; Nath, R.; Koehoorn, M. "Meniscus surgery wait times and time to return to work by expedited and public/private status in a worker’s compensation population between 2001 and 2005 in British Columbia (BC)." Centre for Health Services and Policy Research UBC 20th Anniversary Health Policy Conference, Vancouver, BC, March 4-5, 2008
  • McLeod, C.B.; Chhokar, R.; Lorenz, E.P.; Bogyo, T.; McCloskey, E.; Koehoorn, M.W. "Meniscal surgery outcomes by surgical setting and expedited status." EPICOH -19th International Symposium on Epidemiology and Occupational Health, Banff AB, October 9-12, 2007
  • McLeod, C.M.; Chhokar, R. "Impact of care setting and wait time on post-surgical health among a population of injured workers." Centre for Health Services and Policy Research UBC Internal Seminar, Vancouver, BC, May 17, 2006

Conference abstract/presentation

  • McLeod,C.; Koehoorn, M.; Fan, J.; Barer, M.; Côté, P.; Hogg-Johnson, S.; McGrail, K. "Investigating outcomes for musculoskeletal surgeries among injured workers in British Columbia, Canada." Workers’ Compensation Research Working Group; 2009 Nov 5-6; Boston, MA
  • Koehoorn, M.; McLeod, C.; Fan, J.; Barer, M.; Côté, P.; Hogg-Johnson, S.; McGrail, K. "Musculoskeletal Surgery Outcome by Surgical Setting and Expedited Status in British Columbia." Canadian Association for Health Services and Policy Research, 2009 Annual Conference. Calgary, Alberta 11-14 May 2009
  • Koehoorn, M. "Outcomes following surgery among injured workers: Does expedited surgery or surgery setting matter?" Occupational Health and Safety Agency for Healthcare in BC.  Vancouver, BC.  April 20, 2009
  • McLeod, C.B.; Fan, J.K.; Koehoorn, M.W. "Musculoskeletal surgeries: Outcomes by surgical setting and expedited status." 21st Annual Occupational and Environmental Health Conference, Semiahmoo, WA, January 8-9, 2009
  • McLeod,C.B.; Lorenz, E.P.; Fan, J.K.; Nath, R.; Koehoorn, M. "Meniscus surgery wait times and time-to-return to work by expedited and public/private status in a workers’ compensation sample in British Columbia." Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health Conference, Montreal, QC, June 15-17, 2008
  • Koehoorn, M.; Bogyo, T.; Chhokar, R.; McCloskey, E.; McLeod, C.B. "Descriptive epidemiology of a cohort of injured workers with knee surgery between 2001 to 2005 in British Columbia." EPICOH -19th International Symposium on Epidemiology and Occupational Health, Banff Alberta, October 9-12, 2007. Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2007) 64 12  e42
  • Koehoorn, M.; McLeod, C.; Chhokar, R.; Bogyo, T.; McCloskey, E. "Musculoskeletal surgeries among injured workers." North American Workers’ Compensation Research Group.University of California, Berkeley, CA, April 20-21st, 2007

Report

  • Koehoorn, M.; McLeod, C.; Fan, J.; Barer, M.; Côté, P.; Hogg-Johnson, S.; McGrail, K. "Does surgical setting or wait-time incentive improve return to work following knee surgery among injured workers?"  (2009) WorkSafeBC, Richmond, British Columbia

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