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A case management tool for occupational health nurses. Development, testing, and application.

Authors
Mannon-JA; Conrad-KM; Blue-CL; Muran-S
Source
AAOHN J 1994 Aug; 42(8):365-373
NIOSHTIC No.
00222063
Abstract
A nursing case management tool for occupational health nurses was described, with emphasis on development, testing, and application. Injury disability case management was discussed with particular reference to musculoskeletal injury disability and firefighter musculoskeletal injuries. A retrospective chart review was conducted on 61 firefighter musculoskeletal injury episodes to test applications of the tool. Information was collected on: demographics and general social, family, and individual characteristics of the injured firefighter; injury characteristics; return to work; and length of disability. A six step approach to the case management process was presented, with occupational health nursing activities offered in each step. Activities included: identification of case; assessment; return to work plan; resource identification; collaborative communication; and evaluation. Steps in the implementation of a case management program included: developing an educational in service training program for occupational clinic staff; conducting nursing audits quarterly to identify weak areas; using a history form with occupational, medical, vocational, and social history; conducting clinic staff meetings to discuss the progress of injuries identified for case management; conducting meetings with outside consultants; and communicating with injured employees and their supervisors both during treatment and upon return to work.
Keywords
NIOSH-Grant; Training; Occupational-health-nursing; Disabled-workers; Firemen; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Traumatic-injuries; Occupational-medicine; Occupational-accidents; Occupational-health-services
Contact
Occupational and Environ Med University of Illinois 2035 W Taylor Street Chicago, Ill 60612
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
19940801
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Amount
7404259
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1994
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T15-OH-07104
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
0891-0162
Priority Area
Control-technology
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
IL
Performing Organization
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
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