Implementation and evaluation of interventions for home care aides on blood and body fluid exposure in large-group settings.
Amuwo S; Sokas RK; Nickels L; Zanoni J; Lipscomb J
New Solut 2011 Apr-Jun; 21(2):235-250
Participatory research conducted with academic, union and management cooperation resulted in the development, implementation, and process evaluation of interventions designed to reduce occupational blood and body fluid exposure among home care aides. Home care aides working for a large urban home care agency took part in the design and implementation of an interactive participatory training program conducted in large-group settings, and the development and evaluation of two training tools: an information card for home care aides and a sharps safety magnet for their clients. A process evaluation conducted immediately following the interactive training program found that 72 percent of the home care aides preferred it to lecture-style trainings typically offered, while only 9 percent preferred typical trainings. Home care aides were able to effectively articulate information learned during the interactive training program, with less than 2 percent providing inaccurate information about what was taught during the training. Home care aides overall responded positively to the information card and the magnet, with aides caring for clients who used sharps rating the tools as more useful. Participatory training programs can be effectively implemented in a large-group setting.
Health-care-personnel; Humans; Men; Women; Needlestick-injuries; Preventive-medicine; Questionnaires; Teaching; Education; Body-fluids; Blood-samples; Training; Biomarkers; Bloodborne-pathogens;
Author Keywords: home care; training; interventions; blood
Shakirudeen Amuwo, UIC School of Public Health, 2121 W. Taylor Rm 329, Chicago, IL 60612
New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy
University of Maryland, Baltimore