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Effect of a nurse back injury prevention intervention on the rate of injury compensation claims

Martin, Peter and Harvey, Jack and Culvenor, John and Payne, Warren (2009) Effect of a nurse back injury prevention intervention on the rate of injury compensation claims. Journal of Safety Research, 40 (1). pp. 13-19. ISSN 0022-4375

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Abstract

Problem: This study evaluated the effect of introducing a No Lifting policy on back injuries to nurses, across an entire health care system. Methods: Methods included: analysis of the data for all public health agencies in the Australian state of Victoria; compensation data from the Victorian Workcover Authority; data about workforce and program implementation from a retrospective survey of agencies; longitudinal analysis of standardized workers compensation claim rates for back injuries before, during and after the intervention. Results: A statistically significant decline in back injury claim rates during implementation contrasted with no statistically significant trends within the periods before and after the intervention. A statistically significant reduction occurred in mean quarterly standard back injury claim incidence rates per 1,000 equivalent fulltime nursing staff (EFTNS), representing a 24% reduction in standard back injury claims/1000 EFTNS. Discussion: Ergonomics principles encourage changing the work environment to suit the worker. This approach delivered a significant improvement in the immediate term. Impact of industry: The substantial decline in back injury rates signifies a major improvement in the safety of a critical aspect of the work environment for nurses

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID19434, Nursing, Back injury, No lifting, Longitudinal analysis, Evaluation of occupational health and safety interventions
Subjects: Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Other
FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
SEO Classification > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health)
Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2011 08:38
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2011 08:38
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/6803
DOI: 10.1016/j.jsr.2008.10.013
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