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A Case Study on Workers' Compensation Approval for a Hospital Nurse's Suicide

Yi K, Choi S, Park B

PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine the process from occurrence of a hospital nurse's suicide to workers' compensation approval, responses of the parties involved, issues debated during approval deliberations, and...
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Occupational Characteristics of Semiconductor Workers with Cancer and Rare Diseases Registered with a Workers' Compensation Program in Korea

Park DU, Choi S, Lee S, Koh DH, Kim HR, Lee KH, Park J

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to describe the types of diseases that developed in semiconductor workers who have registered with the Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service (KWCWS)...
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Update on the Management of Occupational Asthma and Work-Exacerbated Asthma

Lau A, Tarlo SM

Work-related asthma is the most common occupational lung disease encountered in clinical practice. In adult asthmatics, work-relatedness can account for 15%–33% of cases, but delays in diagnosis remain common and...
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Establishment and operation of a cooperative program to identify work-related acute myeloid leukemia in a general hospital

Jung J, Choi HR, Cho BS, Park S, Myong JP, Kang MY, Kim HJ

BACKGROUND: The purpose of this report is to introduce the occupational cancer surveillance system, implemented in June 2018, and to share the results of our cooperative program. METHODS: The cooperative program...
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Recent Changes to Improve the Process of Compensation of Occupational Diseases in Workers Covered by the Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance Act

Jang EC, Kwon SC

OBJECTIVE: We studied recent changes and improvement in compensation for occupational accidents, including the occupational diseases of workers who apply for industrial accident compensation insurance. METHODS: We reviewed the Industrial Accident...
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Prediction of Return-to-original-work after an Industrial Accident Using Machine Learning and Comparison of Techniques

Lee J, Kim HR

BACKGROUND: Many studies have tried to develop predictors for return-to-work (RTW). However, since complex factors have been demonstrated to predict RTW, it is difficult to use them practically. This study...
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Work Sectors with High Risk for Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in Korean Men and Women

Park J, Kim Y, Han B

BACKGROUND: To identify work sectors with high risk for work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in Korean men and women. METHODS: We analyzed nationwide data to identify ergonomic risk factors in Korean employees....
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The characteristics of asbestos-related disease claims made to the Korea Workers' Compensation and Welfare Service (KCOMWEL) from 2011 to 2015

An YS, Kim HD, Kim HC, Jeong KS, Ahn YS

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to enhance understanding of the epidemiologic characteristics of asbestos-related diseases, and to provide information that could inform policy-making aimed at prevention and compensation for occupational asbestos...
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Does formaldehyde have a causal association with nasopharyngeal cancer and leukaemia?

Kwon SC, Kim I, Song J, Park J

BACKGROUND: The South Korean criteria for occupational diseases were amended in July 2013. These criteria included formaldehyde as a newly defined occupational carcinogen, based on cases of “leukemia or nasopharyngeal...
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Silica exposure and work-relatedness evaluation for occupational cancer in Korea

Kim HR, Kim B, Jo BS, Lee JW

Crystalline silica has been classified as a definite carcinogen (Group 1) causing lung cancer by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). In Korea, crystalline silica has been the...
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Impacts of Return-to-Work Type and Period on Job Retention in Workers with Occupational Injuries and Diseases

Jeong I, Park JB, Kim HR, Yoon JH, Won JU, Roh J

BACKGROUND: Despite the necessity of job retention in achieving return-to-work (RTW) goals, many workers leave their jobs after returning to work. The objective of this study was to examine the...
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Characteristics of occupational musculoskeletal disorders of five sectors in service industry between 2004 and 2013

Choi HW, Kim YK, Kang DM, Kim JE, Jang BY

BACKGROUND: ‘Work related musculoskeletal disorders (WRMSDs)' have been mostly reported in the manufacturing industry but recently the occurrence of industrial injuries has been constantly increasing in the service industry. This...
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Factors affecting heat-related diseases in outdoor workers exposed to extreme heat

Park J, Kim Y, Oh I

BACKGROUND: The objectives of the present study are to: (i) evaluate the effect of environmental and metabolic heat on heat-related illnesses in outdoor workers; and (ii) evaluate the effect of...
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Hospital Qualities Related to Return to Work from Occupational Injury after Controlling for Injury Severity as Well as Occupational Characteristics

Won JU, Seok H, Rhie J, Yoon JH

We examined associations between hospital quality in the workers' compensation system and injured patients' return to work after controlling for injury severity, occupational factors, and demographic factors. Return to work...
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The Perceived Socioeconomic Status Is an Important Factor of Health Recovery for Victims of Occupational Accidents in Korea

Seok H, Yoon JH, Lee W, Lee JH, Jung PK, Roh J, Won JU

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...
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Descriptive study of claims for occupational mental disorders or suicide

Lee J, Kim I, Roh S

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to identify the characteristics of claimed mental disorders. Because the workers believed the cause of the mental disorders was work-related stress or a specific event, we...
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Obesity as a Possible Risk Factor for Lost-time Injury in Registered Nurses: A Literature Review

Jordan G, Nowrouzi-Kia B, Gohar B, Nowrouzi B

Time-loss injuries are still a major occurrence in Canada, injuring thousands of Canadian workers each year. With obesity rates on the rise across the country, as well as around the...
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Factors related to the physician and the employer influencing successful return to work in Korea: results from the first panel study of workers' compensation insurance (PSWCI)

Lee W, Yoon JH, Roh J, Kim YK, Seok H, Lee JH, Won JU

OBJECTIVES: This study aims to investigate associated factors including the physician and the employer of successful return to work (RTW) in occupationally injured workers. METHODS: This study is based on the...
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The effects of individual, occupational, and supportive factors on successful return to work using a structural equation model

Lee J, Choi M, Park SH, Kim HR, Lee HE

OBJECTIVES: We aimed to ascertain the relationship between several factors and successful return to work using a structural equation model. METHODS: We used original data from the Panel Study of Worker's...
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Work-related COPD after years of occupational exposure

Cho Y, Lee J, Choi M, Choi W, Myong JP, Kim HR, Koo JW

BACKGROUND: Cigarette smoking is known as the most important risk factor of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, occupational exposure to other substances can result in COPD. CASE REPORT: A 76-year-old...
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