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Occupational Hand Dermatitis in Healthcare - Development and Evaluation of an Online Learning and Self-Screening Program

What’s the challenge?

Workers exposed to wet work are at an increased risk for occupational contact dermatitis and may benefit from screening to detect early disease.

What are we doing?

This project will develop an online training module for early identification, management, and prevention of occupational hand dermatitis, including self-screening for disease and evaluate the usability of the e-learning program and the impact of training and self-screening on knowledge and hand health practices in acute, long-term and home care workers in Ontario. 

What have we found?

We found that the prevalence of hand dermatitis in home care workers is higher than reported in the general population: of the 220 participants, 18% self-screened as having hand dermatitis and 77% reported exposure to wet work.

The self-screening tool is feasible for use with home health care workers, and 93% of participants reported that using the tool took less than 2 minutes. The vast majority of participants (84%) agreed that workplace screening for hand dermatitis is important.

Interested in participating?

Study recruitment will be open soon!

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Project Funders

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Project Contact

Kathryn Nichol, RN, PhD
Vice President Quality, Best Practice, Research and Education & CNE
VHA Home HealthCare