Key PointsQuestionHow is severe traumatic injury associated with individuals’ ability to work and earn income? FindingsIn this population-based cohort study of 5167 adults who had employment and were hospitalized with severe traumatic injury, 79.3% were employed 3 years after injury, compared with 91.7% of matched control participants, with a resultant mean earnings loss of 19.0%. Those in the lowest tercile of preinjury income were 3-fold less likely than those in the highest tercile to be employed 3 years after injury. MeaningSubstantial loss in employment and earnings persists for at least 3 years after severe traumatic injury among adults who were previously employed.
JAMA Surgery – American Medical Association
Published: Jan 28, 2021