Staffing and worker injury in nursing homes

Alison M. Trinkoff, Meg Johantgen, Carles Muntaner, Rong Le

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Objectives. We examined the relationship between nursing home staffing levels and worker injury rates in 445 nursing homes in 3 states. Methods. We obtained First Reports of Injury and workers' compensation data from 3 states (Ohio, West Virginia, and Maryland) for the year 2000. We then linked these data to Medicare's Online Survey, Certification and Reporting system to obtain nursing home staffing details and organizational descriptors. We used ordinary least squares and log-transformed regression models to examine the association between worker injury rate and nursing home staffing and organizational characteristics. Results. Total nursing hours per resident day were significantly associated with worker injury rates in nursing homes after we adjusted for organizational characteristics and state dummy variables (P = .0004). Conclusions. Our findings suggest that nursing home staffing levels have an important impact on worker health. These findings were supported for multiple facilities across different states; therefore, policies and resources that increase staffing levels in nursing homes are warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1220-1225
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Public Health
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Jul

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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