ION OF EPIDEMIOLOGIC STUDIES RELATED TO ACCIDENT PREVENTION

The epidemiological approach was first suggested as a tool for the study and prevention of accidents in 1948. Most epidemiologic accident research, however, has been performed in the area of traffic accidents rather than industrial accidents. There are some notable examples of the application of an epidemiologic approach to occupational accident studies and these are discussed. The utility of epidemiologic methods for reducing occupational accidents lies mainly in the capability to define the nature and extent of a new problem area. As a research strategy, however, the epidemiologic approach has the following major shortcomings: (1) No systematic use of the approach in practice; (2) failure to classify environments; (3) failure to study social and psychological indices of the host; (4) failure to study the influence exerted by the socioeconomic environment; (5) too much concentration on broad descriptive survey results. To achieve its theoretical potential, future epidemiologic reserch must correct these flaws. /Author/

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  • Authors:
    • SCHAEFFER, M H
  • Publication Date: 1976-3

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  • Accession Number: 00139984
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Contract Numbers: MH 23023
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 6 1976 12:00AM