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Document ID (ISN)103363
CIS number 04-360
ISSN - Serial title 1232-1966 - AAEM - Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Heikkonen J., Louhevaara V.
Title Empowerment in farmers' occupational health services
Bibliographic information 2003, Vol.10, No.1, p.45-52. Illus. 28 ref.
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Abstract This study attempted to develop farmers' health and farmers' occupational health services (FOHS) by examining the feasibility of empowered farmers' teams on surveys of Finnish dairy farms. FOHS personnel of the health centre in three municipalities selected three farmer teams consisting of three or four couples for the intervention group. There were 31 farms in the intervention group and 33 similar farms in the comparison group. Site surveys in the intervention group involved FOHS personnel together with the farmer teams, while in the comparison group they involved the FOHS personnel alone. Before and after the surveys, each participating farmer couple responded to questionnaires. The initial survey was carried out in 1998-1999, and the follow-up took place in 2000-2001. During the follow-up, the FOHS personnel identified the changes made after the initial surveys on the farms. Altogether 217 changes were made, half of them to improve ergonomics. There were more changes in the work environment in the intervention group.
Descriptors (primary) Finland; workers' participation; agriculture; health services
Descriptors (secondary) ergonomics; safety and health training; questionnaire survey; conditions of work
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceFinland
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Workers' participation
Health care services