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Health and safety needs of older farmers: part I. Work habits and health status.

Authors
Lizer-SK; Petrea-RE
Source
AAOHN J 2007 Dec; 55(12):485-491
NIOSHTIC No.
20039679
Abstract
Farming is an occupation that blends the work and home environments and traditionally involves active participation of all family members, including older farmers. The work patterns of older farmers, including typical work hours, range of activities, and health status, are not well documented. This study, surveying a random sample of older Illinois farmers (N=87), focused on these gaps in the literature. Older farmers were found to work long hours in many farm tasks, more than would be expected in other occupational groups. Further, older farmers were found to have several chronic diseases at higher rates than the general population of the same age and gender; mental health implications were also identified. Rural occupational health nurses are in an optimal position to positively impact older farmers' mental and physical health status.
Keywords
Agricultural-industry; Agriculture; Agricultural-workers; Age-groups; Farmers; Epidemiology; Questionnaires; Mental-health; Work-environment; Worker-health; Nurses; Nursing; Physiological-factors; Physiological-effects
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
20071201
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2008
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
0891-0162
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
IL
Performing Organization
University of Illinois-Chicago
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