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The Perceived Socioeconomic Status Is an Important Factor of Health Recovery for Victims of Occupational Accidents in Korea

Authors
 Hongdeok Seok  ;  Jin-Ha Yoon  ;  Wanhyung Lee  ;  June-Hee Lee  ;  Pil Kyun Jung  ;  Jaehoon Roh  ;  Jong-Uk Won 
Citation
 JOURNAL OF KOREAN MEDICAL SCIENCE, Vol.31(2) : 164-170, 2016 
Journal Title
 JOURNAL OF KOREAN MEDICAL SCIENCE 
ISSN
 1011-8934 
Issue Date
2016
MeSH
Accidents, Occupational/psychology ; Accidents, Occupational/statistics & numerical data* ; Adult ; Age Factors ; Cross-Sectional Studies ; Female ; Health Status Disparities ; Humans ; Insurance Benefits ; Male ; Middle Aged ; Odds Ratio ; Regression Analysis ; Republic of Korea ; Sex Factors ; Social Class* ; Workers' Compensation
Keywords
Accidents, Occupational ; Korea ; Recovery ; Social Class
Abstract
We aimed to examine whether there is a correlation between the health recovery of industrial accident victims and their perceived socioeconomic status. Data were obtained from the first Panel Study of Worker's Compensation Insurance, which included 2,000 participants. We performed multivariate regression analysis and determined the odds ratios for participants with a subjectively lower socioeconomic status and for those with a subjectively lower middle socioeconomic status using 95% confidence intervals. An additional multivariate regression analysis yielded the odds ratios for participants with a subjectively lower socioeconomic status and those with a subjectively upper middle socioeconomic class using 95% confidence intervals. Of all participants, 299 reported a full recovery, whereas 1,701 did not. We examined the odds ratio (95% confidence intervals) for participants' health recovery according to their subjective socioeconomic status while controlling for sex, age, education, tobacco use, alcohol use, subjective state of health prior to the accident, chronic disease, employment duration, recovery period, accident type, disability status, disability rating, and economic participation. The odds of recovery in participants with a subjectively lower middle socioeconomic status were 1.707 times greater (1.264-2.305) than that of those with a subjectively lower socioeconomic status. Similarly, the odds of recovery in participants with a subjectively upper middle socioeconomic status were 3.124 times greater (1.795-5.438) than that of those with a subjectively lower socioeconomic status. Our findings indicate that participants' perceived socioeconomic disparities extend to disparities in their health status. The reinforcement of welfare measures is greatly needed to temper these disparities.
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DOI
10.3346/jkms.2016.31.2.164
Appears in Collections:
1. College of Medicine (의과대학) > Dept. of Preventive Medicine and Public Health (예방의학교실) > 1. Journal Papers
5. Research Institutes (연구소) > Institute for Occupational Health (산업보건연구소) > 1. Journal Papers
4. Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > Graduate School of Public Health (보건대학원) > 1. Journal Papers
Yonsei Authors
Roh, Jae Hoon(노재훈)
Won, Jong Uk(원종욱) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9200-3297
Yoon, Jin Ha(윤진하) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4198-2955
Lee, Wan Hyung(이완형)
URI
https://ir.ymlib.yonsei.ac.kr/handle/22282913/146373
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