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Risk factors associated with patient assaults of home healthcare workers.

Authors
Galinsky-T; Feng-HA; Streit-J; Brightwell-W; Pierson-K; Parsons-K; Proctor-C
Source
Rehabil Nurs 2010 Sep/Oct; 35(5):206-215
NIOSHTIC No.
20037521
Abstract
This study used surveys from 677 home healthcare aides and nurses to explore factors associated with assaults by patients. Among respondents, 4.6% reported one or more patient assaults (being hit, kicked, pinched, shoved, or bitten) during the past year. Logistic regression analysis examined associations between several potential risk factors and assaults. Three factors were significant, including having one or more patients with dementia (OR = 4.31, 95% CI 1.47-12. 67), routinely handling patients (OR = 8.48, 95% CI 1.89-37.94), and perceiving threats of violence by others in and around patients' homes (OR = 4.45, 95% CI 1.75-11.32). Assaults were not significantly associated with worker age, gender, race, job title, hours of work, or use of needles during patient care. Assaulted workers and workers who perceived threats of violence by others were significantly more likely to have shortened home care visits. More detailed research is needed to confirm these results and evaluate methods to reduce assault risk.
Keywords
Nurses; Nursing; Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Occupational-health-nursing; Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-hazards; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Mental-disorders; Mental-illness; Statistical-analysis; Demographic-characteristics; Author Keywords: home care; nurses; safe patient handling
Publication Date
20100901
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
tgalinsky@ cdc.gov
Fiscal Year
2010
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0278-4807
NIOSH Division
DART
Source Name
Rehabilitation Nursing
State
OH
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