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Reliability and validity of the Home Care STAT (Safety Task Assessment Tool).

Authors
Olson-R; Wipfli-B; Wright-RR; Garrigues-L; Nguyen-T; López de Castro-B
Source
Appl Ergon 2014 Jul; 45(4):1157-1166
NIOSHTIC No.
20045482
Abstract
Home care workers are a priority population for ergonomic assessment and intervention, but research on caregivers' exposures to hazards is limited. The current project evaluated the reliability and validity of an ergonomic self-assessment tool called Home Care STAT (Safety Task Assessment Tool). Participants (N = 23) completed a background survey followed by 10-14 days of self-monitoring with the STAT. Results showed that the most frequent task was house cleaning, and that participants regularly performed dangerous manual client moving and transferring tasks. Researcher in-home observations of 14 workers (duration = 2 h) demonstrated that workers' self-assessments were moderately reliable. Correlational and multi-level analyses of daily self-assessment data revealed that several task exposures were significantly related to daily fatigue and/or pain. Other associations have implications for Total Worker Health; for example, daily stress was positively associated with both pain and consumption of high calorie snacks. Findings support the STAT as a reliable and potentially valid tool for measuring home care workers' exposures to physically demanding tasks.
Keywords
Humans; Men; Women; Age-groups; Health-care-personnel; Ergonomics; Safety-measures; Monitoring-systems; Manual-lifting; Workers; Work-environment; Fatigue; Exposure-levels; Stress; Physiology; Physiological-effects; Physiological-fatigue; Physiological-function; Physiological-stress; Total-Worker-Health
Contact
Ryan Olson, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., L606, Portland, OR 97239-3098
CODEN
AERGBW
Publication Date
20140701
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
olsonry@ohsu.edu
Funding Type
Grant; Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008433; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-010154; M122014
Issue of Publication
5
ISSN
0003-6870
Source Name
Applied Ergonomics
State
OR
Performing Organization
University of Washington
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