Worker assessments of organizational practices and psychosocial work environment are associated with musculoskeletal injuries in hospital patient care workers

Source: Silje Endresen Reme, William S. Shaw, Leslie I. Boden, Torill H. Tveito, Elizabeth Tucker O’Day, Jack T. Dennerlein and Glorian Sorensen, American Journal of Industrial Medicine, Vol. 57 Issue 7, July 2014
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From the abstract:
Hospital patient care (PC) workers have high rates of workplace injuries, particularly musculoskeletal injuries. Despite a wide spectrum of documented health hazards, little is known about the association between psychosocial factors at work and OSHA-recordable musculoskeletal injuries. … A 5% of the PC-workers had at least one OSHA-recordable musculoskeletal injury over the year, and the injuries were significantly associated with: organizational factors (lower people-oriented culture), psychosocial factors (lower supervisor support), and structural factors (job title: being a patient care assistant). The results show support for a multifactorial understanding of musculoskeletal injuries in hospital PC-workers. An increased focus on the various dimensions associated with injury reports, particularly the organizational and psychosocial factors, could contribute to more efficient interventions and programs.