May 2000 supplement on preventing occupational injuries (Letter).
Baker-R; Brockhaus-A; Boucier-D; Chapman-L; Collins-J; Goldenhar-L; Heaney-C; Katz-T; Landsbergis-P; Martonik-J; Most-I; Schneider-S; Scharf-T; Sinclair-R
Am J Prev Med 2001 May; 20(4):308-309
The May 2000 supplement to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, "Systematic Reviews of Strategies to Prevent Occupational Injuries,"1 is an important contribution to prevention research in occupational safety and health. It raises some important issues concerning how we evaluate the effectiveness of public health strategies, particularly with respect to occupational safety and health interventions. The authors and commentators make two major points that deserve further consideration: (1) research is often of poor quality, lacking control groups, randomization, and other means to control for confounding factors (the prevailing standard for high quality among the authors seems to be a randomized, controlled trial [RCT]); and (2) "new interventions should only be implemented in conjunction with evaluative research to document their effectiveness."2
Injuries; Injury-prevention; Occupational-health; Public-health; Safety-measures; Employees; Employee-health; Safety-research; Quantitative-analysis; Workers; Worker-health; Work-environment
American Journal of Preventive Medicine