J Korean Med Sci.  2008 Apr;23(2):236-242. 10.3346/jkms.2008.23.2.236.

Factors Affecting the Designation of Cerebrovascular Diseases as Work-Related in Administrative Litigation

  • 1Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine, Konkuk University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Preventive Medicine, College of Medicine, Korea University, Seoul, Korea. shine@korea.ac.kr


The purpose of this study was to identify factors that could be used as standardized criteria for evaluating occupational diseases in initial assessments or requests for examination. Using 100 administrative litigation cases on the work-relatedness of cerebrovascular diseases (CVDs) by the Seoul Branch of the Korea Labor Welfare Corporation (KLWC) from 1997 to 2002, we estimated the relationship between the investigated variables and designation of the work-relatedness of the CVD. As for the age, the odds ratio of the acceptance rate of a case as work-related in subjects over 60 yr of age was 0.08 (95% CI, 0.01-0.75), which was compared to subjects under 30 yr of age. Regarding working hours, the odds ratio of the acceptance rate of a case as work-related in CVDs in those over 56 hr was 9.50 (95% CI, 1.92-47.10) when compared to those less than 56 hr. As for the benefit type, the odds ratio of the acceptance rate of a case as work-related in medical benefits was 5.74 (95% CI, 1.29-25.54), compared to survivor benefits. As for the criteria for defining situations as work overload, the odds ratio of the acceptance rate of a case as work-related in injured workers was 12.06 (95% CI, 3.12-46.62), compared to that in non-injured workers. Our findings show that the criteria for defining situations of work overload played an important role in assessing the work-relatedness of CVDs in administrative litigation, and it is necessary to make the scientific evidence on judgement of workrelatedness on overwork.


Administrative Litigation; Cerebrovascular Diseases; Work-Relatedness

MeSH Terms

Cerebrovascular Disorders/*classification/*etiology
Middle Aged
Occupational Diseases/*classification/*etiology
Occupational Health
Odds Ratio
Regression Analysis
Work Schedule Tolerance
Workers' Compensation


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