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Higher injury risk in female health care workers

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:03pm

nurse To determine whether female healthcare workers are at higher risk of occupational injury researchers compared compensated work-related injuries among females to injuries among their male colleagues in the British Columbia healthcare sector. It turned out that female workers had significantly higher risk of all injuries [rate ratio (95% CI) = 1.58 (1.24–2.01)] and MSIs [ 1.43 (1.11–1.85)] compared to their male colleagues.

Differences in injury outcome by gender can be due to various physical, environmental and social factors. Anthropometrically, women are different than men and it has been suggested that even the same exposure or material load may apply greater strain on the average woman than on the average man. Men tend to have more physically strenuous tasks and women more repetitive tasks, which ultimately result in different types of strain.

In addition, gender differences in learning, socialization and upbringing may be contributing factors to variations in workers’ perception of injury risk and their predisposition to claim workers’ compensation or sick leave or to seek healthcare services.

Are female healthcare workers at higher risk of occupational injury?Hasanat Alamgir, Shicheng Yu, Sharla Drebit, Catherine Fast and Catherine Kidd; O ccupational Medicine 2 009 59(3):149-152Read More…

nurse To determine whether female healthcare workers are at higher risk of occupational injury researchers compared compensated work-related injuries among females to injuries among their male colleagues in the British Columbia healthcare sector. It turned out that female workers had significantly higher risk of all injuries [rate ratio (95% CI) = 1.58 (1.24–2.01)] and MSIs [ 1.43 (1.11–1.85)] compared to their male colleagues.

Differences in injury outcome by gender can be due to various physical, environmental and social factors. Anthropometrically, women are different than men and it has been suggested that even the same exposure or material load may apply greater strain on the average woman than on the average man. Men tend to have more physically strenuous tasks and women more repetitive tasks, which ultimately result in different types of strain.

In addition, gender differences in learning, socialization and upbringing may be contributing factors to variations in workers’ perception of injury risk and their predisposition to claim workers’ compensation or sick leave or to seek healthcare services.

Are female healthcare workers at higher risk of occupational injury?Hasanat Alamgir, Shicheng Yu, Sharla Drebit, Catherine Fast and Catherine Kidd; O ccupational Medicine 2 009 59(3):149-152Read More…

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