Rhode Island occupational and environmental illness and injury data collection project.
Atlanta, GA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, R01-OH-007879, 2005 Jan; :1-9
The Occupational and Environmental Health Center of Rhode Island (OEHC-RI) was established in the year 2000 not only to evaluate and treat workers with occupational and environmental injuries and illnesses but also to promote the prevention of occupational and environmental injuries and illnesses. In order to prevent occupational injuries and illness from occurring, one must initially have a reliable source of data collection to measure the incidence and severity of these injuries and illnesses. It is after establishing reliable data on workplace injury and illness that one can analyze that data and use the results of that data analysis to target specific work-related conditions and/or industries to focus preventative efforts. By continuing to monitor the data for a specific work-related condition and /or a specific industry, one can measure the effect of a preventative intervention on that condition and/or industry. At the time of the application for this Grant, the state of Rhode Island had no adequate mechanism for physician reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses. Given the size of its workforce, the relatively small size of its medical community and the variety of industries in which its population is employed, Rhode Island represents a unique opportunity to establish a database to collect data on occupational injuries and illnesses. The purpose of this Grant was to establish the infrastructure to develop a system for the reporting of occupational injuries and illnesses. This system would be primarily web-based and would feature physicians in the community reporting via the World Wide Web to the OEHC-RI. In addition to establishing an infrastructure for reporting, we also established an Advisory Board to define specific occupational injuries and illnesses for which reporting to the newly established system would be asked of all physicians in the State. As this system that was to be established would be voluntary, it was recognized that the OEHC-RI would be required to market this reporting mechanism to the medical community in order to maximize physician participation in the project. During the time period for this Grant, the Principal Investigator was forced to resign his position at the OEHC-RI due to medical illness. Since there were no co-investigators on the Grant, work on the Grant could no longer continue after his departure. As of this time, the OEHC-RI had established the computer and network infrastructure to institute the database reporting system. In addition to this, the vendor to whom the work was awarded has established that the following elements of the project are complete: database design; database development; client development; server development; and internal testing. The advisory committee has established that the following conditions would be the first occupational conditions for which physician reporting would be asked: occupational eye injuries; all work injuries incurred by teenagers and children; and all new cases of adult onset asthma. Items that still require attention include: to receive question content on database for specific occupational injuries/illnesses; to enable end users to test; to create a deployment plan; and to create a training plan.
Statistical-analysis; Epidemiology; Data-processing; Occupational-health-programs; Computer-software; Surveillance-programs; Respiratory-system-disorders; Age-factors; Eye-injuries; Health-care-personnel
Thomas K. Hicks, MD, MPH, 22 Lenox Street, Worcester, Massachusetts 01602
Final Grant Report
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Rhode Island Occupational and Environmental Illness and Injury Data Collection Project
University of Rhode Island