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Risk factors for injury among veterinarians.

Authors
Gabel-CL; Gerberich-SG
Source
Epidemiology 2002 Jan; 13(1):80-86
NIOSHTIC No.
20037637
Abstract
Work-related injuries among veterinarians are a major problem, but little is known of the specific risk factors involved. The purpose of this nested case-control study, conducted from a comprehensive population-based study of practicing Minnesota veterinarians, was to identify risk factors for job-related injuries. We questioned cases (N = 193) on exposures occurring in the month before their injury, and we questioned controls (N = 495) on exposures occurring in a randomly selected month. We used logistic regression to model the dependence of veterinary work-related injury on each exposure of interest and associated confounders. We observed increased rates for prior injuries (RR = 1.7, 95% CI = 1.1- 2.6), participation in sports (RR = 1.7, 95% CI = 1.05-2.6), no sharps boxes present (RR = 1.8, 95% CI = 1.01-3.2), current smoking (RR = 4.1, 95% CI = 1.8-9.1), and 6 or fewer hours of sleep (RR = 1.8, 95% CI = 1.0-3.3). We identified a dose response for lifting patients, as follows: lifting 41-75 lb (RR = 3.1, 95% CI = 1.6-5.9), lifting 76-100 lb (RR = 3.2, 95% CI = 1.6-5.9), and lifting more than 100 lb (RR = 6.1, 95% CI = 2.5-15.0). Decreased rates were observed for participation in aerobic activities (RR = 0.6, 95% CI = 0.4-0.99), perception of lower risk (RR = 0.4, 95% CI = 0.2-0.9), and experience (RR = 0.6, 95% CI = 0.4-0.9).
Keywords
Demographic-characteristics; Epidemiology; Exposure-assessment; Injury-prevention; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-hazards; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Safety-measures; Safety-practices; Statistical-analysis; Surveillance-programs; Veterinarians; Veterinary-medicine; Work-areas; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-practices; Author Keywords: injury; veterinarian injuries; risk factors; occupational injuries
Contact
Susan G. Gerberich, Regional Injury Prevention Research Center, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Mayo Mail Code 807, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
CODEN
EPIDEY
Publication Date
20020101
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
gerbe001@tc.umn.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2002
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008434
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
1044-3983
Source Name
Epidemiology
State
MN
Performing Organization
University of Minnesota Twin Cities
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