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The role of ergonomic and psychosocial workplace factors in the reporting of back injuries among U.S. home health aides
Article first published online: 26 JUN 2013
Copyright © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Volume 56, Issue 10, pages 1239–1244, October 2013
How to Cite
Arlinghaus, A., Caban-Martinez, A. J., Marino, M. and Reme, S. E. (2013), The role of ergonomic and psychosocial workplace factors in the reporting of back injuries among U.S. home health aides. Am. J. Ind. Med., 56: 1239–1244. doi: 10.1002/ajim.22197
- Issue published online: 3 SEP 2013
- Article first published online: 26 JUN 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 26 MAR 2013
- National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Grant Number: T32 AR055885
- home health aides;
- occupational health;
- social support
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.
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.
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.
Improvement of workplace ergonomic and psychosocial factors could be targeted as a strategy to decrease work-related injuries in HHAs. Am. J. Ind. Med. 56:1239–1244, 2013. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.