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Social-cognitive determinants of hoist usage among health care workers.

Rickett, Bridgette and Orbell, Sheina and Sheeran, Paschal (2006) 'Social-cognitive determinants of hoist usage among health care workers.' Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 11 (2). pp. 182-196. ISSN 1076-8998

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Injuries caused by unsafe manual handling of patients are a major source of ill health in health care workers. The present study evaluated the ability of 4 classes of variable to predict use of a hoist when moving a heavily dependent patient. Variables examined were occupational role characteristics, such as hours of work and type of shift worked; biographics, including age and height; aspects of occupational context, such as number of hoists available and number of patients; and motivational variables specified by the theory of planned behavior (Ajzen, 1985) and protection motivation theory (Rogers, 1983). Regression analyses showed that background and social-cognitive variables were able to account for 59% of variance in intention to use a hoist and 41% of variance in use of the hoist assessed 6 weeks later. Height, hoist availability, coworker injunctive norm, perceived behavioral control, response cost, response benefits, and social and physical costs of not using the hoist each explained independent variance in motivation to use a hoist at work. Copyright 2006 by the American Psychological Association.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: manual handling; hoist; occupational safety; health care workers; theory of planned behavior; protection motivation theory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2015 16:26
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 00:29

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