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Learning From Listening: Results of Yakima Farmworker Focus Groups About Pesticides and Health Care.


PB2005100332

Publication Date 2004
Personal Author Prado, J. B.; Vanderslice, J.
Page Count 78
Abstract In Washington, health care providers (HCP) are required to report suspected cases of pesticide-related illnesses and injuries to DOH or to the Washington Poison Control Center. Most occupationally-related cases, however, are identified by searching for potential pesticide-related illnesses among workers' compensation claims submitted to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). While individual workers may report suspected exposures or illnesses direct to DOH or to the state poison control center, less than one percent of occupational cases are identified this way. As a result, virtually all occupational cases investigated by DOH are initially identified because the worker made a visit to a HCP. Unless a worker seeks out health care for symptoms that they believe to be pesticide-related, there is little chance that the case will be investigated by DOH. The purpose of this research was to gain a better understanding of the health care seeking behaviors of farm workers and the attitudes and beliefs underlying these behaviors.
Keywords
  • Pesticides
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Environmental exposure
  • Health care utilization
  • Medical care
  • Medical surveillance
  • Attitudes
  • Human behavior
  • Farmworkers
  • Yakima(Washington)
Source Agency
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
Corporate Authors Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services, Olympia. Office of Environmental Health Programs.; National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.
Supplemental Notes Sponsored by National Inst. for Occupational Safety and Health, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical Report
NTIS Issue Number 200504
Learning From Listening: Results of Yakima Farmworker Focus Groups About Pesticides and Health Care.
Learning From Listening: Results of Yakima Farmworker Focus Groups About Pesticides and Health Care.
PB2005100332

  • Pesticides
  • Occupational safety and health
  • Environmental exposure
  • Health care utilization
  • Medical care
  • Medical surveillance
  • Attitudes
  • Human behavior
  • Farmworkers
  • Yakima(Washington)
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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