Patient transfers and assistive devices: prospective cohort study on the risk for occupational back injury among healthcare workers

Tidsskriftartikel - 2014

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OBJECTIVES: This prospective cohort study investigates work-related risk factors for occupational back injury among healthcare workers. METHODS: The study comprised 5017 female healthcare workers in eldercare from 36 municipalities in Denmark who responded to a baseline and follow-up questionnaire in 2005 and 2006, respectively. Using logistic regression, the odds for occupational back injury (ie, sudden onset episodes) in 2006 from patient transfers in 2005 was modeled. RESULTS: In the total study population, 3.9% experienced back injury during follow-up, of which 0.5% were recurrent events. When adjusting for lifestyle (body mass index, leisure-time physical activity, smoking), work-related characteristics (seniority and perceived influence at work), and history of back pain and injury, daily patient transfers increased the risk for back injury (trend, P=0.03): odds ratio (OR) 1.75 [95% confidence interval (95% CI) 1.05-2.93] for 1-2 transfers per day, OR 1.81 (95% CI 1.14-2.85) for 3-10 transfers per day, and OR 1.56 (95% CI 0.96-2.54) for >10 transfers per day, referencing those with

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Andersen LL, Burdorf A, Fallentin N, Persson SR, Jakobsen MD, Mortensen O, Clausen T, Holtermann A. Patient transfers and assistive devices: prospective cohort study on the risk for occupational back injury among healthcare workers. Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment & Health 2014;40(1):74-81.
doi: 10.5271/sjweh.3382

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