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Ghasemi F, Mohammadfam I, Tapak L, Asadi M. Improvement of Safety Performance of Nurses Using a Participatory Ergonomics Approach: A Case Study in a Hospital Affiliated to the Iranian Oil Industry. johe 2019; 6 (2) :19-26
URL: http://johe.umsha.ac.ir/article-1-484-en.html
1- School of Public Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
2- School of Health, Modeling of No communicable Diseases Research Center, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran
3- School of Public Health, Hamadan University of Medical Sciences, Hamadan, Iran , sarshar2020@gmail.com
Abstract:   (5531 Views)
Background and Objective: Participatory ergonomics refers to the active participation of all components of an organization in the development and implementation of ergonomic knowledge in order to improve workplace conditions, as well as the safety of workforce in the organization. The present study aimed to investigate the effect of participatory and educational ergonomics on the nurses' safety performance.
Materials and Methods: A one-month interventional study was conducted on 90 nurses working in a Khuzestan Petroleum Healthcare Hospital using the convenience sampling method. The subjects were assigned into three groups: participation, training, and control. The researcher-made safety performance questionnaire (i.e., scopes of safety participation and compliance with safety rules) was used to collect the data. The data were analyzed using the analysis of covariance and the paired t-test in SPSS Software, version 16.
Results: According to the results of the study, no significant difference was found in the safety performance level of the nurses in three groups before the intervention (P<0.05); however, there was a significant difference in the post-intervention (P<0.001). The significant difference was observed between the participation and control group concerning safety participation, and between the education and control group in terms of compliance with safety rules (P<0.001).
Conclusion: Participatory ergonomics is more effective than training in improving the safety performance of the nurses. The implementation of participatory ergonomics in combination with senior management commitment could be an effective step for achieving ergonomics goals in healthcare organizations.
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Type of Study: Research Article | Subject: Ergonomics

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