Results of a pilot intervention to improve health and safety for health care workers

Caitlin Eicher Caspi, Jack T. Dennerlein, Christopher Kenwood, Anne M. Stoddard, Karen Hopcia, Dean Hashimoto, Glorian Sorensen

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OBJECTIVE:: To test the feasibility of a multicomponent pilot intervention to improve worker safety and wellness in two Boston hospitals. METHODS:: A 3-month intervention was conducted on seven hospital units. Pre- (374 workers) and postsurveys (303 workers) assessed changes in safety/ergonomic behaviors and practices, and social support. Wellness outcomes included self-reported pain/aching in specific body areas (musculoskeletal disorders or MSDs) and physical activity (PA). RESULTS:: Pain was reported frequently (81%), and PA averaged 4 hours per week. There was a postintervention increase in safe patient handling (P < 0.0001), safety practices (P = 0.0004), ergonomics (P = 0.009), and supervisor support (P = 0.01), but no changes in MSDs or PA. CONCLUSIONS:: Safe patient handling, ergonomics, and safety practices are good targets for worker safety and wellness interventions; longer intervention periods may reduce the risk of MSDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1449-1455
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


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