Work-related injuries among certified nursing assistants working in US nursing homes

By Galina Khatutsky, Joshua Wiener, Wayne Anderson, Frank W Porell

Certified nursing assistants (CNAs) working in nursing homes are at significant risk for work-related injuries, but little is known about the frequency and types of their injuries, and how assistive equipment such as patient lifts affects injury rates. The study described in this research report analyzed the prevalence, nature, and predictors of injuries among CNAs working in US nursing homes. Researchers used 2004 data from the National Nursing Assistant Survey and the National Nursing Home Survey. One of their findings was that 60 percent of all CNAs nationally reported a work-related injury in the year prior to the survey.


Khatutsky, G., Wiener, J., Anderson, W., & Porell, F. W. (2012). Work-related injuries among certified nursing assistants working in US nursing homes. (RTI Press Publication No. RR-0017-1204). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.

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Galina KhatutskyGalina Khatutsky, MS, is a health services researcher in the Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care Program at RTI International.

Joshua WienerJoshua M. Wiener, PhD, is a Distinguished Fellow and program director for Aging, Disability, and Long-Term Care at RTI International.

Wayne AndersonWayne L. Anderson, PhD, is a senior research economist in RTI’s Aging, Disability and Long-Term Care Program.

Frank W PorellFrank W. Porell, PhD, is Professor of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School, the University of Massachusetts, Boston

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