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Organizational predictors of successful return to work.

Authors
Amick-BC III
Source
NIOSH 2003 Apr; :1-54
Link
NIOSHTIC No.
20023744
Abstract
The purpose of this project was to develop both worker and employer uses of Organizational Policies and Practices surveys (OPP) and to examine their validity and reliability. A second purpose was to examine the role of OPPs in work disability in a prospective study. To accomplish these aims we followed 197 workers with electrophysiologically confirmed carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) from a pre-surgical baseline to two months, six months, and 12 months post-surgery. In addition, we surveyed key informants from 76 employers (71 % response rate) about OPPs. Major findings to date are: (1) higher OPPs predict better work role functioning at six months post-surgery; (2) the change in self-efficacy from baseline to two months post-surgery predicts six month work role functioning; (3) the four worker-reported OPP dimensions (safety practices, ergonomic practices, disability management, and people oriented culture) have predictive validity; (4) there is agreement between workers and employers on OPPs at the scale level on people oriented culture but not on safety practices, ergonomic practices and disability management; (5) if a single index of OPPs is created, and then there is agreement; (6) comparison with written policies was attempted but was inconclusive due to the low response rate; (7) Confirmatory Factor Analysis produced a reduced 26-item version of employer OPPs with high scale reliability and validity.
Keywords
Occupational-sociology; Disabled-workers; Work-analysis; Work-capability; Work-practices; Worker-health; Work-operations; Electrophysiological-effects; Carpal-tunnel-syndrome; Management-personnel; Behavior; Behavior-patterns; Injury-prevention; Health-surveys
Contact
University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston Health Science Center, Suite E905, P.O. Box 20186, Houston, TX 77225
Publication Date
20030401
Document Type
Final Grant Report
Email Address
bamick@sph.uth.tmc.edu
Funding Amount
667241
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2003
NTIS Accession No.
PB2005-101299
NTIS Price
A05
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-003523
NIOSH Division
OEP
Priority Area
Work Environment and Workforce: Organization of Work
Source Name
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
State
TX
Performing Organization
University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston Health Science Center, Houston, Texas
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