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Home care work organization and health: do Hispanic women have different concerns?
Arteaga-SS; Geiger-Brown-J; Mutaner-C; Trinkoff-A; Lipscomb-J; Delp-L
Hisp Health Care Int 2002 Jul; 1(3):135-141
Home care is one of the most rapidly expanding segments of the health care industry, with both demographic and fiscal pressures ensuring that this type of care will continue into the future. Much of the care is provided by low wage workers, mostly women, without the typical protections and benefits that workers in traditional health care settings receive. The purpose of this qualitative study was to describe the experience of a sample of home care workers. Four focus groups were held, three with ethnically mixed groups, and one with exclusively Hispanic workers. Four major themes emerged: physical demands, emotional drain, compensation issues, and benefits of the work. Although some Hispanic women might be at greater risk of overexploitation because of language barriers and immigration status, there were no major differences noted between the health concerns of Hispanic and non-Hispanic home-care workers. The themes identified some seemed to cut across cultures and ethnicity for workers in home care.
Emotional-stress; Health-care; Health-care-personnel; Health-services; Job-analysis; Job-stress; Medical-personnel; Medical-services; Musculoskeletal-system; Musculoskeletal-system-disorders; Occupational-exposure; Occupational-health; Psychological-effects; Psychological-reactions; Psychological-stress; Qualitative-analysis; Racial-factors; Statistical-analysis; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Worker-health; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-performance; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies; Work-practices
Issue of Publication
Hispanic Health Care International
University of Maryland