Accession Number : ADA633025


Title :   Assessment of Health Behaviors, Health Education Interests, and Injuries among Employees at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital, October 2014 - December 2014


Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct-Dec 2014


Corporate Author : ARMY PUBLIC HEALTH CENTER (PROVISIONAL) ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD


Personal Author(s) : Schuh, Anna ; Canham-Chervak, Michelle


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a633025.pdf


Report Date : 06 May 2016


Pagination or Media Count : 86


Abstract : The Ready and Resilient Execution Order 110-13 requires the collection of metrics to assess readiness and resilience among specific Army units. Injuries are a leading barrier to workplace readiness in military as well as civilian populations. Purpose: To assess health behaviors, health education interests, perceived barriers to participation in health information classes, and injuries among employees at the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital (GLWACH). Methods: Demographics, health behaviors, health information class interests, and injury history were collected by survey from GLWACH employees, October-December 2014. Descriptive statistics were reported and independent risk factors for injuries were determined through multivariable logistic regression. Results: A total of 380 out of 1,147 employees completed the survey (33% response rate). Respondents reported a prevalence of unhealthy behaviors, such as not enough exercise (58%) and poor sleeping habits (49%). Lack of time was the most frequently reported reason for unhealthy habits. Respondents were most interested in attending health information classes about physical fitness, weight management, nutrition, and stress management in the mornings during midweek. Nearly half (47%, 178 respondents) reported at least one injury in the past 12 months. Leading mechanisms were repetitive overuse (36%), falls (15%), and single twisting/overexertion (14%). Leading activities associated with injury were physical training (24%), walking/hiking (15%), and lifting (11%). Injury risk factors included Active Duty military status, lower education level, tobacco use, overuse of alcohol/drugs, and stress. Conclusions: Health education classes and other health education materials for GLWACH staff should incorporate topics that include respondents expressed interests, as well as identified modifiable injury risk factors (alcohol and drugs use, tobacco use, poor sleep, stress).


Descriptors :   *CIVILIAN PERSONNEL , *HOSPITALS , *MILITARY MEDICINE , *MILITARY PERSONNEL , *QUESTIONNAIRES , ARMY , BEHAVIOR , EDUCATION , METRICS , OPERATIONAL READINESS , REGRESSION ANALYSIS , RISK , STATISTICAL DATA , WOUNDS AND INJURIES


Subject Categories : Personnel Management and Labor Relations
      Medicine and Medical Research
      Medical Facilities, Equipment and Supplies
      Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE