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Occupational injuries among older workers with visual, auditory, and other impairments. A validation study.

Authors
Zwerling-C; Whitten-PS; Davis-CS; Sprince-NL
Source
J Occup Environ Med 1998 Aug; 40(8):720-723
NIOSHTIC No.
20024793
Abstract
This study aims to validate a previously defined model of the risk of occupational injuries among older workers with visual, auditory, or other impairments. That model was based upon the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The previous logistic regression model was recalculated using data from the 1994 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The parameter estimates for impaired hearing (.181 in NHIS, 1.55 in HRS), impaired vision (2.42 in NHIS, 1.48 in HRS), and self-employment (0.22 in NHIS, 0.49 in HRS) were in same direction and of roughly the same magnitude. The previously defined model was confirmed using NHIS data. The data suggest that as the workforce ages, more attention must be paid to the accommodation of disabilities in the workplace, especially sensory impairments-poor vision and hearing.
Keywords
Occupational-health; Injuries; Risk-factors; Age-factors; Demographic-characteristics; Workers; Job-analysis; Risk-analysis; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Vision-disorders; Auditory-system; Hearing-loss; Eyesight
Contact
Craig Zwerling, MD, PhD, MPH, University of Iowa Prevention Research Center, 100 Oakdale Campus, 124 AMRF, Iowa City, IA 52242
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
19980801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
craig-zwerling@uiowa.edu
Funding Amount
160685
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
1998
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-K01-OH-000150
Issue of Publication
8
ISSN
1076-2752
Priority Area
Investigation of Adverse Effects
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
IA; MI
Performing Organization
University of Iowa, School of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa
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