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Inter-rater reliability of PATH observations for assessment of ergonomic risk factors in hospital work.

Authors
Park-J-K; Boyer-J; Tessler-J; Casey-J; Schemm-L; Gore-R; Punnett-L; Promoting Healthy and Safe Employment (PHASE) in Healthcare Project Team
Source
Ergonomics 2009 Jul; 52(7):820-829
NIOSHTIC No.
20041917
Abstract
This study examined the inter-rater reliability of expert observations of ergonomic risk factors by four analysts. Ten jobs were observed at a hospital using a newly expanded version of the PATH method (Buchholz et al. 1996), to which selected upper extremity exposures had been added. Two of the four raters simultaneously observed each worker onsite for a total of 443 observation pairs containing 18 categorical exposure items each. For most exposure items, kappa coefficients were 0.4 or higher. For some items, agreement was higher both for the jobs with less rapid hand activity and for the analysts with a higher level of ergonomic job analysis experience. These upper extremity exposures could be characterised reliably with real-time observation, given adequate experience and training of the observers. The revised version of PATH is applicable to the analysis of jobs where upper extremity musculoskeletal strain is of concern.
Keywords
Ergonomics; Risk-analysis; Risk-factors; Visual-perception; Health-care; Health-care-facilities; Health-care-personnel; Medical-care; Medical-facilities; Analytical-processes; Job-analysis; Task-performance; Work-analysis; Employee-exposure; Extremities; Biomechanics; Body-mechanics; Body-regions; Training; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Author Keywords: inter-rater reliability; PATH method; ergonomic risk factor; hospital work
CODEN
ERGOAX
Publication Date
20090701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
nj6689@yahoo.com
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-R01-OH-007381
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0014-0139
Source Name
Ergonomics
State
MA
Performing Organization
University of Massachusetts - Lowell
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