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Citation

Risør BW, Casper SD, Andersen LL, Sørensen J. Appl. Ergon. 2017; 60: 74-82.

Affiliation

Centre for Health Economics Research (COHERE), Department of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, J.B. Winsløwsvej 9B, 5000 Odense C, Denmark. Electronic address: jas@sdu.dk.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2017, Elsevier Publishing)

DOI

10.1016/j.apergo.2016.10.011

PMID

28166902

Abstract

This study evaluated an intervention for patient-handling equipment aimed to improve nursing staffs' use of patient handling equipment and improve their general health, reduce musculoskeletal problems, aggressive episodes, days of absence and work-related accidents. As a controlled before-after study, questionnaire data were collected at baseline and 12-month follow-up among nursing staff at intervention and control wards at two hospitals. At 12-month follow-up, the intervention group had more positive attitudes towards patient-handling equipment and increased use of specific patient-handling equipment. In addition, a lower proportion of nursing staff in the intervention group had experienced physically aggressive episodes. No significant change was observed in general health status, musculoskeletal problems, days of absence or work-related accidents. The intervention resulted in more positive attitudes and behaviours for safe patient-handling and less physically aggressive episodes. However, this did not translate into improved health of the staff during the 12-month study period.

Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Language: en

Keywords

Aggression; Assistant device; Healthcare professional; Low-back pain; Musculoskeletal disorder; Occupational health; Patient moves; Patient-handling; Physical disorders; Working environment

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