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Employers' concerns regarding research participation.

Authors
Johnson-AM; Dale-AM; Strickland-JR; Venditti-P; Evanoff-BA
Source
Int J Occup Environ Health 2008 Jan-Mar; 14(1):11-17
NIOSHTIC No.
20033412
Abstract
Occupational health research depends on the cooperation and participation of employers. The authors describe employers' reasons for non-participation in a prospective study examining risk factors for carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) and the usefulness of preplacement, post-offer nerve conduction screening. Companies were contacted to solicit participation. Non-participation explanations were reviewed. Of 73 eligible employers, 58 declined participation (participation rate: 20.5%). Reasons for non-participation included lack of interest (32.8%), liability concerns (awareness of CTS may increase workers' compensation claims) (22.4%), time constraints (19%), lack of direct benefit to the employer (8.6%), and company policy restraints (6.9%). Data from one employer were reviewed to determine whether workers' compensation claims for upper extremity disorders increased as a result of study participation. Claim rates showed no change in trend pre- and post-study inception. Expanding much-needed research to prevent occupational injuries and illnesses requires addressing employers' concerns and promoting research benefits.
Keywords
Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis; Work-performance; Worker-health; Work-practices; Workplace-studies; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Injuries; Injury-prevention
CODEN
IOEHFU
Publication Date
20080101
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-008017
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1077-3525
Priority Area
Services; Wholesale and Retail Trade
Source Name
International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
State
MO
Performing Organization
Washington University - St. Louis, Missouri
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