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Agricultural-related injury and illness in The Gambia: a descriptive survey of a rural nursing service and area farmers.

Authors
Culp-K; Kuye-R; Donham-KJ; Rautiainen-R; Umbarger-Mackey-M; Marquez-S
Source
Clin Nurs Res 2007 Aug; 16(3):170-188
NIOSHTIC No.
20040609
Abstract
This is an exploratory, descriptive study based on a convenience sample from a rural nursing service and in-country area farmers from The Gambia. The purpose of the study was to provide descriptive information about agricultural-related injury and illness from area farmers and to obtain data from rural nurses about the time they spent caring for and treating farmers. Employees of the nursing service could read and write English fluently and thus completed a written questionnaire; the area farmers were unable to read and write English so they were interviewed by farm extension workers in their own tribal language. The most alarming findings were the nursing respondents' report of farm workers using pesticides in their homes, the poor condition of pesticide sprayers, and the lack of personal protective equipment. Despite their claim of following pesticide instructions, farm workers reported a surprisingly high number of respiratory and neurological signs and symptoms.
Keywords
Farmers; Agricultural-workers; Agriculture; Agricultural-industry; Nursing; Medical-personnel; Medical-services; Medical-treatment; Injuries; Questionnaires; Pesticides; Pesticides-and-agricultural-chemicals; Pest-control; Respiratory-system-disorders; Respiratory-irritants; Pulmonary-function; Pulmonary-system; Pulmonary-system-disorders; Neurological-diseases; Neurological-reactions; Neurological-system; Author Keywords: agriculture; farm labor; The Gambia; health and safety; nursing; rural health
Contact
Dr. Kennith Culp, College of Nursing (462 NB), The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242
CODEN
CNREFD
Publication Date
20070801
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
ken-culp@uiowa.edu
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2007
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008491
Issue of Publication
3
ISSN
1054-7738
Source Name
Clinical Nursing Research
State
IA
Performing Organization
University of Iowa
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