Change with the times: Chronic conditions hint at the need for tailored injury prevention efforts

Workplaces may need to tailor their injury prevention efforts to address the rising prevalence of chronic conditions, says new research from the Institute for Work & Health.

The higher prevalence of chronic conditions among older workers may have important implications for the prevention of workplace injuries, suggests new research from the Institute for Work & Health (IWH). The research, just published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (vol. 54, no. 7, pp. 841-846), examined the relationship between five chronic conditions—arthritis, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and back problems—and work-related injuries, including repetitive strain injuries (RSIs). It showed that rates of work-related injuries were higher in those with chronic conditions than in those without.

Source : Smith, P.; Bielecky, A. ; Mustard, C. The Relationship Between Chronic Conditions and Work-Related Injuries and Repetitive Strain Injuries in Canada. Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine, July 2012, vol. 54, no 7, p. 841–846. http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0b013e31824e11f7

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