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Clinical Trials: Injuries, Poisonings and Occupational
IRB No. 06-229S-1 (Dr. Martin Cherniack, PI): Health Improvement Through Training and Employee Control (HITEC)
This study compares two different approaches to combining workplace safety and health with personal health improvement. The primary focus is on improvement of musculosketal health (mobility and fitness, preventing and controlling joint disease, and work risk reduction), and the secondary focus is on depression and mental health. One approach relies on traditional health promotion, where a management sponsored program offers an educational package and professional review of work organization and ergonomics. The second approach involves developing groups within the workforce (Employee Sponsored Groups or ESPs) that will determine and construct workplace health and safety and personal health programs. The study involves a comparison of cost, measures of health status, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the workforce planning groups. The direct involvement of the workers compensation insurance carrier in the study team is intended to produce realistic and respected agreements about health program conduct and content between the workforce and management. There is a significant economic and econometric component, which is designed to link health and process outcomes to rate structure.
IRB No. 17-066-3 (Dr. Augustus Mazzocca, PI): Factors Influencing Successful Non-operative Management of Patients with Acromioclavicular Joint Dislocations
This study will examine the outcomes of patients who had an acromioclavicular (AC) joint dislocation at least two years ago and were initially treated without surgery by Dr. Augustus Mazzocca. A survey will be used to collect updated post-treatment outcome information from patients regarding the current condition, symptoms and functioning of the injured shoulder. A chart review will be conducted to collect demographic and clinical information including injury, treatment and, where applicable, intra-operative details. Retrospective and prospective data will be examined to determine the factors associated with positive outcomes.