Table 3

Injuries in the past 12 months reported by home care aides (n=1249) in the safe home care survey

All aides, n=1249Agency-hired aides, n=634Client-hired aides, n=615
nPer cent95% CInPer cent95% CInPer cent95% CIp Value*
Work-related injuries resulting in lost worktime or medical care
 Any work-related injury14011.2(9 to 13)8613.6(10.9 to 16.2)548.8(6.5 to 11.0)0.007
 Client handling injury241.9(1.2 to 2.7)91.4(0.5 to 2.3)152.4(1.2 to 3.7)0.195
 Slip, trip, fall outside home221.8(1.0 to 2.5)121.9(0.8 to 3.0)101.6(0.6 to 2.6)0.686
 Slip, trip, fall inside home161.3(0.7 to 1.9)101.6(0.6 to 2.6)61(0.2 to 1.8)0.350
 Traffic accident161.3(0.7 to 1.9)91.4(0.5 to 2.3)71.1(0.3 to 2.0)0.634
 Burn80.6(0.2 to 1.1)30.5(0 to 1.0)50.6(0.1 to 1.5)0.811
 All other work-related injuries141.1(0.5 to 1.7)81.3(0.4 to 2.1)61(0.2 to 1.8)0.619
Back Pain
 Any back pain42033.6(31.0 to 36.2)20131.2(28.1 to 35.3)21935.6(31.8 to 39.4)0.099
 At least once/week24919.9(17.7 to 22.2)11017.4(14.4 to 20.3)13922.6(19.3 to 25.9)0.022
 Requiring medication28522.8(20.0 to 25.2)13120.7(17.5 to 23.8)15425(21.6 to 28.5)0.070
 Pain considered work related32025.6(23.2 to 28.0)14723.2(19.9 to 26.5)17328.1(24.6 to 31.7)0.318
Sharps injuries
 At least one needlestick or other sharps injury†,231.8(1.1 to 2.6)121.9(0.8 to 3.0)111.8(0.7 to 2.8)0.896
  • *Test of H0: no difference in the percentage of OSH hazard reported by agency-hired versus client-hired aides.

  • †A ‘sharps injury’ was defined as being stuck or cut by a previously used sharp medical device (a ‘sharp’) such as a needle or lancet, while working in home care.

  • ‡23 aides reported at least one sharps injury in the past 12 months. A total of 50 sharps injuries were reported by these aides.

  • OSH, Occupational Safety and Health.