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Results of a pilot intervention to improve health and safety for health care workers.

Authors
Caspi-CE; Dennerlein-JT; Kenwood-C; Stoddard-AM; Hopcia-K; Hashimoto-D; Sorensen-G
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Dec; 55(12):1449-1455
NIOSHTIC No.
20045038
Abstract
OBJECTIVE: To test the feasibility of a multicomponent pilot intervention to improve worker safety and wellness in two Boston hospitals. METHODS: A 3-month intervention was conducted on seven hospital units. Pre- (374 workers) and postsurveys (303 workers) assessed changes in safety/ergonomic behaviors and practices, and social support. Wellness outcomes included self-reported pain/aching in specific body areas (musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs) and physical activity (PA). RESULTS: Pain was reported frequently (81%), and PA averaged 4 hours per week. There was a postintervention increase in safe patient handling (P < 0.0001), safety practices (P = 0.0004), ergonomics (P = 0.009), and supervisor support (P = 0.01), but no changes in MSDs or PA. CONCLUSIONS: Safe patient handling, ergonomics, and safety practices are good targets for worker safety and wellness interventions; longer intervention periods may reduce the risk of MSDs.
Keywords
Health-care-personnel; Medical-personnel; Work-environment; Health-protection; Safety-measures; Humans; Men; Women; Behavior; Age-groups; Physical-fitness; Nurses; Ergonomics; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Health-care-facilities; Total-Worker-Health
Contact
Caitlin Eicher Caspi, ScD, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota, 717 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20131201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
cecaspi@umn.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008861
Issue of Publication
12
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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