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aging healthcare workforce white paperPreparing for The Aging Healthcare Workforce

aging-healthcare-workforce-white-paperIt is commonly acknowledged that the healthcare workforce is aging. That said, occupational health professionals working in the healthcare sector lack a strong research base to help guide whether to prepare or how to prepare for the aging healthcare workforce. Few, if any, studies have explicitly examined the relationships between age and occupational injury risks among healthcare workers. While studies of other industries suggest potential differences between older and younger workers’ injury risks, additional research should confirm or deny whether the age-related injury patterns in healthcare mirror patterns in other industries.

This study analyzed data from the 2010 Bureau of Labor Statistics Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses and data from the Current Population  Survey to develop benchmarks against which organizations can compare their own data.


This is a reprint of an article published by the Association of Occupational Health Professionals in Healthcare (AOHP) in their Ready to Research column (December, 2013). It is available here for your download with AOHP's permission.


"The Aging Healthcare Workforce: Employment and Occupational Injuries Among Workers in US Private Hospitals During 2010"  by Ken Scott, MPH and Lee Newman, MD, MA


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