224919 Participatory Research to Assess and Improve Workplace Safety for Home Care Workers

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 : 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Helen Moss, MA , Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon, Portland, OR
Nancy Glass, PhD, MPH, RN , School of Nursing, Johns Hopkins University, Balimore, MD
Lindsay Nakaishi, BS, MPH , Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, OR
W. Kent Anger, PhD , Center for Research on Occupational and Environmental Toxicology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Marc Weinstein, PhD , Department of Leadership and Professional Studies, College of Education, Florida International University, Miami, FL
Oregon's consumer-driven in-home care program is an important alternative to institutionalized care for seniors and people with disabilities. The program facilitates autonomy for the consumers receiving services and reduced costs to the state. However, the workplace setting within the consumer's home and the complex employer/employee relationship may render the home care worker (HCW) vulnerable to injury or harassment. Working closely with study partners - Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 503, and the State of Oregon Home Care Commission (OHCC) - this study aims to investigate and address workplace violence and sexual harassment perpetrated by consumers-employers (and others in the homes) against HCWs. SEIU, OHCC and the study advisory board (including consumers and consumer advocates) were instrumental in the development of appropriate focus group questions and successful recruitment to focus groups. Focus groups and surveys with HCWs (n = 83) revealed that during their career, the majority of HCWs have experienced workplace violence and sexual harassment perpetrated by their consumers-employers (or others in the home). These results were supported by data from case manager (n = 99) focus groups and surveys. This preliminary data will be supported by further investigations, including interviews with consumer-employers and a random survey of HCWs. Ultimately, the data will guide the study partners in the development of evidence-based interventions such as trainings and policy modifications to improve HCWs' workplace safety and consumers' quality of care. This model of participatory research will be key to the development of successful interventions.

Learning Areas:
Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Participants in the session will be able to: Identify the risk factors and special challenges to successful interventions in this model of in-home care. Evaluate possible strategies for intervention. Compare training delivery methods for dispersed workers Illustrate the advantages of research that incorporates partnering with stake holders

Keywords: Participatory Research, Violence Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the PI for the University of Oregon, one of the partners in the study.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.