Objectives: This study sought to examine whether the experience of occupational injuries was associated with depressive symptoms and whether the rejection of workers’ compensation claims was associated with depressive symptoms among Korean firefighters. Methods: We conducted a nationwide survey of 6793 Korean firefighters in 2015. Based on the experience of occupational injuries and workers’ compensation claims over the past year, respondents were classified into four groups: “Not injured”, “Injured, not applied”, “Injured, applied, but rejected” and “Injured, applied, and accepted.” Depressive symptoms over the preceding week were assessed using the 11-item version of the Centers for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale. Results: Compared to firefighters who did not get injured, injured firefighters had a higher prevalence of depressive symptoms (PR 2.01, 95% CI 1.83, 2.22) after controlling for confounders including job assignment. Also, when we restricted the analysis to injured firefighters, a higher prevalence of depressive symptoms was observed among “Injured, applied, but rejected” (PR 1.70, 95% CI 1.11, 2.59) group, compared to “Injured, applied, and accepted” group. Conclusions: This finding suggests that rejection of workers’ compensation claims, as well as the experience of occupational injuries, may increase the risk of depressive symptoms among Korean firefighters.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health|
|Publication status||Published - 2021 Aug|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
We would like to thank Dr. Soo Jin Kim for providing feedback on the manuscript. This study was supported by the National Human Rights Commission of the Republic of Korea.
© 2021, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer-Verlag GmbH Germany, part of Springer Nature.
- Medical benefit application
- Mental health
- South Korea
- Workplace injury
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health