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BMJ Open. 2012 Nov 27;2(6). pii: e000413. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2011-000413. Print 2012.

Health-related quality of life after serious occupational injury in Egyptian workers: a cross-sectional study.

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  • 1Community, Environmental and Occupational Medicine Department, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Occupational injuries can have severe socioeconomic consequences; however, little research has examined the health-related quality of life (HRQoL) of workers following occupational injuries, especially in developing countries. This study was to employ the European Quality of Life Five Dimensions (EQ-5D) tool to measure HRQoL 6 months following serious occupational injury sustained by insured workers in the East Delta Region of Egypt.

DESIGN:

This cross-sectional study was conducted from July to December 2008 among workers injured severely enough to be off work for at least 6 months after an occupational injury.

SETTING:

The Nile Insurance Hospital in Qalyubia, Egypt.

PARTICIPANTS:

Adult workers returning for follow-up evaluation after being given 6 months off work by a physician for an occupational injury.

OUTCOMES:

The workers described their health and quality of life using the EQ-5D instrument.

RESULTS:

Most study participants were male (n=118 (90%)), with mean age of 41.5 years. Fractures were the most common type of injury (n=96 (73%)), mostly involving the lower limbs (n=70 (53%)). Participants identified persistent problems related to mobility (n=78 (60%)), self-care (n=69 (53%)), performing usual activities (n=109 (83%)), pain/discomfort (n=119 (91%)) and anxiety/depression (n=51 (40%)). The perceived HRQoL estimated by the mean (±SD) visual analogue scale (VAS) score among injured workers was 61.6±17.9. Multivariate linear regression showed an association between poor VAS score and amputations, mobility limitation, self-care problems, pain/discomfort and anxiety/depression.

CONCLUSIONS:

Some people with occupational injuries experience significant problems such as pain/discomfort, functional limitations and anxiety/depression, long after the injury. Improvement in pain management strategies and physical and psychological rehabilitation may improve their health-related quality of life.

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