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Document ID (ISN)103918
CIS number 05-106
ISSN - Serial title 0271-3586 - American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Year 2003
Convention or series no.
Author(s) Sprince N.L., Zwerling C., Lynch C.F., Whitten P.S., Thu K., Gillette P.P., Burmeister L.F., Alavanja M.C.R.
Title Risk factors for falls among Iowa farmers: A case-control study nested in the agricultural health survey
Bibliographic information Sep. 2003, Vol.44, No.3, p.265-272. 48 ref.
Abstract This case-control study explored risk factors for work-related falls among Iowa farmers. A questionnaire sent to 6,999 farmers in 1998 identified 79 farmers who had reported a fall-related farm injury that required medical advice or treatment in the previous year. Regression analysis was used to assess the possible risk factors for injury among these farmers compared with 473 farmers with no injury in the previous year. There were significant associations between fall-related farm injury and age between 40 and 64 years (odds ratio, OR=2.21), doctor-diagnosed arthritis or rheumatism (OR=2.05), difficulty hearing normal conversation (OR=1.82), and taking medications regularly (OR=1.80). Aging and health impairments, such as arthritis and hearing difficulties, are risk factors for which accommodations and preventive strategies can be devised to prevent fall-related injuries on the farm.
Descriptors (primary) falls of persons; agriculture; risk factors; Iowa
Descriptors (secondary) USA; rheumatoid arthritis; arthritis; statistical evaluation; case-control study; cohort study; age-linked differences; hearing loss
Document type D - Periodical articles
Country / State or ProvinceUSA
Subject(s) Agriculture, fishing, animal husbandry
Broad subject area(s) Mechanical hazards, transport
Industries and occupations
Browse category(ies) Agriculture