Reliability and validity of the Home Care STAT (Safety Task Assessment Tool).
Olson-R; Wipfli-B; Wright-RR; Garrigues-L; Nguyen-T; López de Castro-B
Appl Ergon 2014 Jul; 45(4):1157-1166
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.
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
Ryan Olson, Oregon Health & Science University, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd., L606, Portland, OR 97239-3098
Grant; Cooperative Agreement
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008433; Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-010154; M122014
University of Washington