Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Back and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program for Nurses and Other Healthcare Workers in an Acute Care Setting

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http://hdl.handle.net/10755/148075
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Presentation
Title:
Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Back and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program for Nurses and Other Healthcare Workers in an Acute Care Setting
Abstract:
Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Back and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program for Nurses and Other Healthcare Workers in an Acute Care Setting
Conference Sponsor:Sigma Theta Tau International
Conference Year:2003
Author:Slattery, Mary Jo, MS, RN
P.I. Institution Name:Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Title:Nursing Research Coordinator
Co-Authors:Linda J. Kobokovich, PhD, RN; Donna Crowley, MS, RN; Lisa S. Hegel, MSN, ARNP, COHN-S
Objective: This evidence-based initiative consisted of: 1) a baseline assessment of the incidence and severity of musculoskeletal injuries; 2) the identification and implementation of evidence-based injury prevention strategies; and 3) an evaluation of the effectiveness of a targeted intervention to reduce the incidence and severity of musculoskeletal injuries in health care workers. Design: This project involved a detailed secondary analysis of workers compensation reports examining the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in direct care providers in an acute care facility. Following this effort, a multidisciplinary team was formed to implement and evaluate an evidence-based prevention program and determine its effectiveness. Concept or Variables Studied Together: Study variables included clinical situations that place direct care providers at risk; musculoskeletal symptoms; incidence rates, severity, and costs of injury; and the level of provider compliance with the intervention. Methods: A secondary analysis of workers compensation data and a prospective evaluation of the targeted intervention using interval measures of knowledge of prevention strategies and musculoskeletal symptomatology. Findings: The secondary analysis revealed an unacceptable rate of preventable musculoskeletal injuries. The evaluation of the effectiveness of the targeted intervention is ongoing and will be completed by mid-October 2003. Conclusions: Nurses and other health care workers are at increased risk for back and musculoskeletal injuries related to patient movement and handling. This study provides helpful insights as to how a multilevel intervention provided by an interdisciplinary team can be effective in addressing these injuries. Implications: With the ever worsening international nursing shortage, effective interventions to prevent musculoskeletal injuries that result in nurses leaving the profession must be identified. This project begins to address issues such as lifetime prevalence of back injuries among nurses that is reportedly as high as 43%-80%. It is critical to implement strategies that will protect this valuable workforce resource from further exposure and injury.
Repository Posting Date:
26-Oct-2011
Date of Publication:
17-Oct-2011
Sponsors:
Sigma Theta Tau International

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dc.typePresentationen_GB
dc.titleEvaluation of an Evidence-Based Back and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program for Nurses and Other Healthcare Workers in an Acute Care Settingen_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10755/148075-
dc.description.abstract<table><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-title">Evaluation of an Evidence-Based Back and Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program for Nurses and Other Healthcare Workers in an Acute Care Setting</td></tr><tr class="item-sponsor"><td class="label">Conference Sponsor:</td><td class="value">Sigma Theta Tau International</td></tr><tr class="item-year"><td class="label">Conference Year:</td><td class="value">2003</td></tr><tr class="item-author"><td class="label">Author:</td><td class="value">Slattery, Mary Jo, MS, RN</td></tr><tr class="item-institute"><td class="label">P.I. Institution Name:</td><td class="value">Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center</td></tr><tr class="item-author-title"><td class="label">Title:</td><td class="value">Nursing Research Coordinator</td></tr><tr class="item-email"><td class="label">Email:</td><td class="value">Mary.Jo.Slattery@hitchcock.org</td></tr><tr class="item-co-authors"><td class="label">Co-Authors:</td><td class="value">Linda J. Kobokovich, PhD, RN; Donna Crowley, MS, RN; Lisa S. Hegel, MSN, ARNP, COHN-S</td></tr><tr><td colspan="2" class="item-abstract">Objective: This evidence-based initiative consisted of: 1) a baseline assessment of the incidence and severity of musculoskeletal injuries; 2) the identification and implementation of evidence-based injury prevention strategies; and 3) an evaluation of the effectiveness of a targeted intervention to reduce the incidence and severity of musculoskeletal injuries in health care workers. Design: This project involved a detailed secondary analysis of workers compensation reports examining the incidence of musculoskeletal injuries in direct care providers in an acute care facility. Following this effort, a multidisciplinary team was formed to implement and evaluate an evidence-based prevention program and determine its effectiveness. Concept or Variables Studied Together: Study variables included clinical situations that place direct care providers at risk; musculoskeletal symptoms; incidence rates, severity, and costs of injury; and the level of provider compliance with the intervention. Methods: A secondary analysis of workers compensation data and a prospective evaluation of the targeted intervention using interval measures of knowledge of prevention strategies and musculoskeletal symptomatology. Findings: The secondary analysis revealed an unacceptable rate of preventable musculoskeletal injuries. The evaluation of the effectiveness of the targeted intervention is ongoing and will be completed by mid-October 2003. Conclusions: Nurses and other health care workers are at increased risk for back and musculoskeletal injuries related to patient movement and handling. This study provides helpful insights as to how a multilevel intervention provided by an interdisciplinary team can be effective in addressing these injuries. Implications: With the ever worsening international nursing shortage, effective interventions to prevent musculoskeletal injuries that result in nurses leaving the profession must be identified. This project begins to address issues such as lifetime prevalence of back injuries among nurses that is reportedly as high as 43%-80%. It is critical to implement strategies that will protect this valuable workforce resource from further exposure and injury.</td></tr></table>en_GB
dc.date.available2011-10-26T09:40:04Z-
dc.date.issued2011-10-17en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2011-10-26T09:40:04Z-
dc.description.sponsorshipSigma Theta Tau Internationalen_GB
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