Workers' compensation programs have emerged as among the largest and most important social programs in the United States. Workers' compensation claims in the state of Michigan account for an expenditure of approximately 1.3 billion dollars annually (Michigan Workers' Compensation Agency, 2011. 2011 Annual Report). Back injuries are the most prevalent work-related injury in the United States. Since 2002, such injuries in the baby-boomer generation have increased at a rate of 50% (Toossi, 2005. Labor force projections to 2014: Retiring boomers). The purpose of this study is to describe the personal lived experiences of older (over 55 years old) injured employees as a result of injuring their lower backs at work. The study only examined occupational lower back injuries suffered while assembling automotive parts in the state of Michigan. The study incorporates a qualitative design, specifically an interpretative phenomenological analysis, to focus on the lived experiences of the participants, and underpins the theory of planned behavior to assist with forecasting and understanding the particular behaviors within this population. A four-step data analysis method was used to illustrate and understand the meaning and essence of the lived experience of the injured, older automobile assembler worker.
|Commitee:||Gangl, Amy, Miller, Christopher|
|Department:||School of Public Service Leadership|
|School Location:||United States -- Minnesota|
|Source:||DAI-B 76/02(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Occupational health, Medicine, Health care management|
|Keywords:||Automobile assembly-factory, Back injuries, Michigan, Occupational injuries, Workers' compensation|
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