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Ind Health. 2017 Aug 8;55(4):391-401. doi: 10.2486/indhealth.2017-0015. Epub 2017 May 9.

Effectiveness of participatory training for the promotion of work-related health and safety among Korean farmers.

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Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University, Korea.
Department of Preventive Medicine, Dongkook University, Korea.
Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Korea.
Department of Physical Therapy, College of Health and Welfare, KyungWoon University, Korea.


This study was conducted to explore the effectiveness of participatory training for promoting farmer's health and reducing agricultural work-related injuries. Candidates for this study included 595 farmers in 8 rural villages of South Korea. The one-day course participatory training was administered to 217 (36.5%) farmers and included an action-checklist, a good example presentation, and group discussion. The follow-up visit to participants' houses and farms was performed after 1 to 3 months. A direct interview survey was administered pre- and post-trainings. The total number of proposed action plans for the improvement of working condition was 620. It was observed that 61.5% of action plans (72.2% of short term and 41.3% of long term plans) were completely implemented. In regards to health and safety indices, the proportion of current smokers was reduced from 29.8% to 25.3% in the group that underwent training. The pesticide intoxication was reduced from 16.1% to 4.8% in participants that underwent training. However, the agricultural injury rate was unchanged in both groups. This study reports significant beneficial effects of participatory training in the agriculture sector in Korea.


Accidents; Agricultural workers’ diseases; Education; Farmers; Occupational

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