Peer coaching and mentoring: A new model of educational intervention for safe patient handling in health care
Article first published online: 31 MAY 2011
Copyright © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 54, Issue 8, pages 609–617, August 2011
How to Cite
Alamgir, H., Drebit, S., Li, H. G., Kidd, C., Tam, H. and Fast, C. (2011), Peer coaching and mentoring: A new model of educational intervention for safe patient handling in health care. Am. J. Ind. Med., 54: 609–617. doi: 10.1002/ajim.20968
- Issue published online: 11 JUL 2011
- Article first published online: 31 MAY 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 APR 2011
- Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia (WorkSafeBC)
- health and safety;
- training and education
To reduce the risk of patient handling-related musculoskeletal injury, overhead ceiling lifts have been installed in health care facilities. To increase ceiling lift usage for a variety of patient handling tasks, a peer coaching and mentoring program was implemented among the direct care staff in the long-term care subsector in British Columbia, Canada. They received a 4-day training program on body mechanics, ergonomics, patient-handling techniques, ceiling lift usage, in addition to coaching skills.
A questionnaire was administered among staff before and after the intervention to evaluate the program's effectiveness.
There were 403 and 200 respondents to the pre-intervention and post-intervention questionnaires. In general, staff perceived the peer-coaching program to be effective. The number of staff who reported to be using ceiling lifts “often and always” went higher from 64.5% to 80.5% (<0.001) after coaching program implementation. Furthermore, staff reported that they were using the ceiling lifts for more types of tasks post-intervention. Staff reported that the peer coaching program has increased their safety awareness at work and confidence in using the ceiling lifts.
The findings suggest that this educational model can increase the uptake of mechanical interventions for occupational health and safety initiatives. It appears that the training led to a greater awareness of the availability of or increased perceptions of the number of ceiling lifts, presumably through coaches advocating their use. Am. J. Ind. Med. 54:609–617, 2011. © 2011 Wiley-Liss, Inc.