Does access to compensation have an impact on recovery outcomes after injury?

David M Studdert, Harold Luntz and Genevieve Grant
Med J Aust 2010; 193 (3): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2010.tb03854.x
Published online: 2 August 2010

To the Editor: O’Donnell and colleagues seek to extend and improve on previous research into the relationship between compensation status of injuries and medium-term health outcomes.1 Improvements are needed because much of the empirical analysis in this area has had major methodological limitations.2 Their analysis uses an impressive array of mental health measures to probe the “compensation effects”. However, several aspects of the study design raise questions.

  • David M Studdert1
  • Harold Luntz2
  • Genevieve Grant2

  • 1 Faculties of Law and Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.
  • 2 Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC.



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