Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: In their Contempo Updates article
about home care, Dr Levine and colleagues1 did
not discuss the safety of home health care workers. The Bureau of Labor Statistics
(BLS) projects that the number of home health care workers will increase by
60% during this decade, making it one of the fastest-growing US employment
sectors.2 The BLS reported an injury rate
in home health workers of 474 lost-work day cases per 10 000 workers,
which is 50% higher than the injury rate among hospital workers and 70% higher
than the general work force.3 The increasing
number of workers at risk and the personal, social, and economic consequences
of workplace injury make it critical to consider labor and health and safety
issues connected with the growth in home health care.
Forst L, Nickels L, Zanoni J. Occupational Safety of Home Health Workers. JAMA. 2003;290(23):3069-3070. doi:10.1001/jama.290.23.3069-a