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0110 The association between psychosocial factors and needlestick injuries among nurses working in different healthcare settings
  1. Ting-Ti Lin1,
  2. Judith Shu-Chu Shiao2,
  3. Yue-Liang Guo3,4,
  4. Hsueh-Ching Wu5,
  5. Jiune-Jye Ho6
  1. 1College of Nursing, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, USA
  2. 2School of Nursing, College of Medicine, National Taiwan University, Taipei City, Taiwan
  3. 3Institute of Occupational Medicine and Industrial Hygiene, School of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei City, Taiwan
  4. 4Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, National Taiwan University (NTU) and NTU Hospital, Taipei City, Taiwan
  5. 5Department of Nursing, Hsin Sheng Junior College of Medical Care and Management, Taoyuan City, Taiwan
  6. 6Institute of Labour, Occupational Safety and Health, Ministry of Labour, New Taipei City, Taiwan


Objective To understand the psychosocial effects of needlestick injuries (NSIs) among nurses working in different healthcare settings.

Method A total of 5535 fulltime registered nurses (RN) working among secondary referral hospitals (SRH) or primary clinics (PC) were recruited between 2009 and 2010. A structured self-administered questionnaire was used to assess nurses’ psychosocial working conditions and their experiences of NSIs. The psychosocial working conditions were assessed by the Chinese Job Content Questionnaire and a workplace justice scale. The NSIs were assessed by asking nurses’ experiences of NSIs in the past 12 months. Multivariable logistic regression was used to analyse the associations between psychosocial factors and NSIs.

Results A total of 1032 and 1020 eligible questionnaires for SRH and PC nurses were included for final analysis. The incidence rate of NSIs was 15.2% for SRH nurses and 19.9% for PC nurses. Shift work (AOR: 1.8, 95% CI: 1.2, 3.0) and high psychological demands (AOR: 1.5, 95% CI: 1.0, 2.1) were identified as risk factors of the annual incidence of NSIs among SRH nurses, whilst the risk factors of the annual NSIs included low job control (AOR: 1.4, 95% CI: 1.0, 2.0) and low workplace justice (AOR: 1.6, 95% CI: 1.1, 2.4) among PC nurses.

Conclusion This study identified that the psychosocial factors of nurses’ NSIs varied across different healthcare settings. Specific strategies for different healthcare settings to prevent nurses’ NSIs are warranted.

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