Results of a pilot intervention to improve health and safety for health care workers.
Caspi-CE; Dennerlein-JT; Kenwood-C; Stoddard-AM; Hopcia-K; Hashimoto-D; Sorensen-G
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Dec; 55(12):1449-1455
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.
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
Caitlin Eicher Caspi, ScD, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota, 717 Delaware St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts