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Am J Public Health. 2000 Aug;90(8):1269-76.

Agricultural work-related injuries among farmers in Hubei, People's Republic of China.

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Colorado Injury Control Research Center, Fort Collins, USA. huiyun.xiang@state.co.us

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

This population-based study evaluated patterns of and risk factors for, agricultural injuries among farmers in the People's Republic of China.

METHODS:

A multistage sample of 1500 Chinese farmers was selected from 14 villages. Face-to-face interviews with 1358 farmers were conducted between July 1997 and September 1997 (response rate = 91%). Agricultural work-related injuries that occurred in the previous 24 months and the associated factors were evaluated.

RESULTS:

A total of 33% of the farmers reported at least 1 work-related injury in the 24 months before the survey. Major external causes of the injuries were hand tools (50%), falls (26%), and heavy falling objects (10%). The statistically significant risk factors for injury were low family income, 1 to 6 school years of education, self-reported pesticide exposure, tension in relationships with neighbors, and stress in life. The most notable result was the relation between self-reported pesticide exposure and injury, with farmers with greater pesticide exposure at significantly greater risk for injury.

CONCLUSIONS:

The results of this study indicated that injuries occurring among Chinese farmers may have unique patterns and potential risk factors.

PMID:
10937008
PMCID:
PMC1446351
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