Preplacement assessments: Impact on injury outcomes

Nancy Nachreiner, Patricia M McGovern, Laura K. Kochevar, William H Lohman, Cathy Cato, Evelyn Ayers

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Evaluation of the impact of preplacement assessments is important given the resources companies and occupational health nurses allocate to screening and the ambiguity of the literature about the effectiveness of such assessments. This study examined the effects of preplacement assessments on employee injuries. All individuals screened by an occupational health clinic in the upper Midwest and given work restrictions during a 3 year period were identified as cases (n=67). Cases were matched with controls without work restrictions (n=264) on the basis of employer, gender, and job. Age was controlled for statistically. Chi-square analysis, used to test differences in percent distribution of injuries between cases and controls, found no statistically significant differences in musculoskeletal injuries between the groups. Work restrictions recommended as a result of preplacement assessments appear to protect vulnerable workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)245-253
Number of pages9
JournalAAOHN Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1999


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