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Health disparities among health care workers.

Authors
Mawn-B; Siqueira-E; Koren-A; Slatin-C; Devereaux-Melillo-K; Pearce-C; Hoff-LA
Source
Qual Health Res 2010 Jan; 20(1):68-80
NIOSHTIC No.
20036306
Abstract
In this article we describe the process of an interdisciplinary case study that examined the social contexts of occupational and general health disparities among health care workers in two sets of New England hospitals and nursing homes. A political economy of the work environment framework guided the study, which incorporated dimensions related to market dynamics, technology, and political and economic power. The purpose of this article is to relate the challenges encountered in occupational health care settings and how these could have impacted the study results. An innovative data collection matrix that guided small-group analysis provided a firm foundation from which to make design modifications to address these challenges. Implications for policy and research include the use of a political and economic framework from which to frame future studies, and the need to maintain rigor while allowing flexibility in design to adapt to challenges in the field.
Keywords
Demographic-characteristics; Health-care; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Health-services; Occupational-hazards; Occupational-health Physiological-response; Psychological-adaptation; Psychological-effects; Psychological-factors; Psychological-reactions; Sociological-factors; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-performance; Workplace-studies; Work-practices; Author Keywords: case studies; disparities; health care; workplace; occupational health
Contact
Barbara Mawn, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Nursing, 3 Solomont Way, Suite 2, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854
CODEN
QHREEM
Publication Date
20100101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
barbara_mawn@uml.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-007381
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1049-7323
Source Name
Qualitative Health Research
State
MA
Performing Organization
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
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