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doi: 10.1097/NHH.0b013e31825b10ee

Characterizing Hazards and Injuries Among Home Care Workers

Wipfli, Brad PhD; Olson, Ryan PhD; Wright, Robert R. PhD; Garrigues, Layla RN; Lees, Joanne BA

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This project extends research on hazardous exposures and injuries among home care workers. Historical data from Oregon home care workers were analyzed to identify the most common lost time injuries and contributing factors, and 7 focus groups were conducted with workers (n = 53) to gather data on demographics, health, and perceptions of occupational hazards. Results indicate that workers are at particular risk for back, knee, and shoulder injuries during client and material moving tasks and that workers' self-reported task exposures and risk perceptions are highly aligned with injury data.

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