Journal article

Compensation Seeking and Disability After Injury: The Role of Compensation-Related Stress and Mental Health

Meaghan L O'Donnell, Genevieve Grant, Nathan Alkemade, Matthew Spittal, Mark Creamer, Derrick Silove, Alexander McFarlane, Richard A Bryant, David Forbes, David M Studdert

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY | PHYSICIANS POSTGRADUATE PRESS | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Claiming for compensation after injury is associated with poor health outcomes. This study examined the degree to which compensation-related stress predicts long-term disability and the mental health factors that contribute to this relationship. METHOD: In a longitudinal, multisite cohort study, 332 injury patients (who claimed for compensation) recruited from April 2004 to February 2006 were assessed during hospitalization and at 3 and 72 months after injury. Posttraumatic stress, depression, and anxiety symptoms (using the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview) were assessed at 3 months; compensation-related stress and disability levels (using the World Health Organizati..

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Grants

Awarded by NHMRC


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

Funding was provided by an NHMRC Program Grant (568970) and an Institute for Safety, Compensation, and Recovery Research (ISCRR) grant. Dr Studdert was supported by an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship (FL110100102).