Occupational injuries among older workers with visual, auditory, and other impairments. A validation study.

TitleOccupational injuries among older workers with visual, auditory, and other impairments. A validation study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsZwerling, C, Whitten, PS, Davis, CS, Sprince, NL
JournalJ Occup Environ Med
Date Published1998 Aug
ISSN Number1076-2752
KeywordsAccidents, Occupational, Aged, Cohort Studies, Disabled Persons, Female, Health Surveys, Humans, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Persons With Hearing Impairments, Risk Factors, Visually Impaired Persons

This study aims to validate a previously defined model of the risk of occupational injuries among older workers with visual, auditory, or other impairments. That model was based upon the Health and Retirement Study (HRS). The previous logistic regression model was recalculated using data from the 1994 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The parameter estimates for impaired hearing (.181 in NHIS, 1.55 in HRS), impaired vision (2.42 in NHIS, 1.48 in HRS), and self-employment (0.22 in NHIS, 0.49 in HRS) were in same direction and of roughly the same magnitude. The previously defined model was confirmed using NHIS data. The data suggest that as the workforce ages, more attention must be paid to the accommodation of disabilities in the workplace, especially sensory impairments-poor vision and hearing.

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Accidents, Occupational/Cohort Studies/Disabled Persons/Gender/Hearing Impaired Persons/Logistic Models/Middle Age/Risk Factors/Support, Non U.S. Government/Support, U.S. Government--PHS/Visually Impaired Persons

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Alternate JournalJ Occup Environ Med
Citation Key6622
PubMed ID9729756
Grant List1 KO1 OHAG00150-03 / OH / NIOSH CDC HHS / United States