Social Network Analysis of peer-specific safety support and ergonomic behaviors: An application to safe patient handling

David A. Hurtado, Lisset M. Dumet, Samuel A. Greenspan, Yaritza I. Rodriguez

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Abstract

This study applied Social Network Analysis (SNA) to test whether advice-seeking interactions among peers about safe patient handling correlate with a higher frequency of equipment use. Patient-care workers (n=38) at a community hospital in Oregon nominated peers they would consult for advice regarding safe patient handling. Results show a positive correlation between identifying more peers for safe patient handling advice and using equipment more frequently. Moreover, nurses with more reciprocal advice seeking nominations used safe patient handling equipment more frequently. However, employees who would be more consulted about safe patient handling by their peers did not use equipment more frequently than nurses with fewer nominations. Despite the small sample size, the magnitude of the adjusted regressions coefficients ranged between 3 to 4 standard deviations. These results suggest that having more or reciprocal sources of peer-based support may trigger ergonomic related behaviors such as frequent utilization of equipment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)132-137
Number of pages6
JournalApplied Ergonomics
Volume68
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Peer support
  • Safe patient handling
  • Safety behaviors
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Social support

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Engineering (miscellaneous)

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