The vulnerabilities and resilience of home health care aide workers with chronic physical pain: a descriptive qualitative study in Alberta

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Bonifacio, Czarina
University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Health Sciences
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Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Health Sciences
The growing demands for direct care providers in home care indicate the need for a sustainable home health care aide (HHCA) workforce in Canada. However, the nature of home care work suggests continued exposure to occupational hazards and risks that cause injury and pain among these workers. Such occupational hazards and risks may affect job retention. The purpose of this study was to examine the experiences of chronic physical pain (CPP) among HHCAs working in private residential homes in Alberta. Using a descriptive qualitative method with purposive sampling, twelve HHCA workers who reported having CPP participated in this study. Data were collected using individual, semi-structured interviews in-person or by telephone. Thematic analysis resulted in the development of the overarching themes of intersecting vulnerabilities and resilience. Findings indicate the need to address or minimize vulnerabilities and to establish a workplace culture that supports the safety and resilience of these essential workers.
Chronic pain , Home care , Home nursing , Nursing -- Safety measures , Pain , Work environment -- Safety measures , Dissertations, Academic