The role of ergonomic and psychosocial workplace factors in the reporting of back injuries among U.S. home health aides

Anna Arlinghaus, Alberto J Caban-Martinez, Miguel Marino, Silje Endresen Reme

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Abstract

Background: Due to the aging population and a shift to patient home care, home health aides (HHAs) are a fast-growing occupation. Since little is known about workplace risk factors for back injuries among HHAs, we examined the role of ergonomic and psychosocial factors in injury reporting among HHAs. Methods: We used the 2007 U.S. National Home Health Aide Survey data (weighted n=160,720) to predict the risk of back injuries by use of/need for ergonomic equipment and supervisor support with logistic regression, adjusted for socio-demographic variables. Results: The annual prevalence of back injuries for U.S. HHAs was 5.2%. Injury risk was increased in HHAs reporting the need of additional ergonomic equipment in patient homes, and marginally associated with low reported supervisor support. Conclusions: Improvement of workplace ergonomic and psychosocial factors could be targeted as a strategy to decrease work-related injuries in HHAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1239-1244
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume56
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Home Health Aides
Back Injuries
Human Engineering
Workplace
Psychology
Wounds and Injuries
Equipment and Supplies
Home Care Services
Health Surveys
Occupations
Patient Care
Logistic Models
Demography

Keywords

  • Epidemiology
  • Home health aides
  • Injury
  • Occupational health
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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The role of ergonomic and psychosocial workplace factors in the reporting of back injuries among U.S. home health aides. / Arlinghaus, Anna; Caban-Martinez, Alberto J; Marino, Miguel; Reme, Silje Endresen.

In: American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Vol. 56, No. 10, 10.2013, p. 1239-1244.

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