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Medicina y Seguridad del Trabajo

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VICENTE PARDO, José Manuel. Labour disability as healthcare management indicator. Med. segur. trab. [online]. 2015, vol.61, n.239, pp.207-219. ISSN 1989-7790.

Labor disability is defined as the loss of competence due to functional limitations caused by disease or injury. That is why it is primarily and directly related with a loss of health (functional limitation with loss of working capacity). Without this loss, a disability determination cannot be applied. Therefore it is convenient to know the health component of labor disability. This data provided is useful not only for its value to determine the result of the health actions, but also as a quality-of-life indicator. Since this situation means a decrease in basic standard of living, the use of disability data as a health management indicator is of great significance. Consequently, the disability treatment is considered beyond any simple economic criteria that hinder its medical importance resulting from the labor disability related data -including the nature of the disease or the injury suffered. The use of the disability data for management requires the appropriate software that can ease the task. Given its huge scale and diversity, only software tools such as the big data can ensure the compilation, archive, communication, transfer and the disability data analysis of those large and complex files. With such software, data can be interlinked, allowing to map the disability and becoming a planning and strategic health management tool and social prevention. It is essential and beneficial the use of data type and degree disability associated with labor activity diagnosis and management as an indicator. Conclusions: Disability is an indicator of health outcome, an indicator of quality of life and a healthcare management indicator. We must move forward in the collection, storage and use of disability data beyond references to the costs, number or geographic distribution or assurance schemes, in order not only to improve the information processing of computer databases and epidemiological exploitation but to facilitate the communication of health information, establishing institutional arrangements for sharing files / information and thus securing the best public health protection. It is necessary to meet the demands of data on disability that from entities, addresses and health management headquarters and units of clinical management and clinical services appeared, especially by the enormous usefulness of knowledge data on disability in a given process and its display area that can report as an indicator of health outcome and as an aid to take decisions in the management of both clinical (micro) and health (macro and middle management).

Keywords : Disability; healthcare management indicator; data disability for work; big data in health management.

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