Laura Punnett

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Affiliation: University of Massachusetts
Country: USA

Publications

  1. ncbi request reprint Estimating the global burden of low back pain attributable to combined occupational exposures
    Laura Punnett
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Avenue, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, USA
    Am J Ind Med 48:459-69. 2005
  2. doi request reprint Job strain predicts survey response in healthcare industry workers
    Manuel Cifuentes
    Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, USA
    Am J Ind Med 51:281-9. 2008
  3. doi request reprint Physical ergonomic hazards in highway tunnel construction: overview from the Construction Occupational Health Program
    SangWoo Tak
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    Appl Ergon 42:665-71. 2011
  4. doi request reprint Ergonomic and socioeconomic risk factors for hospital workers' compensation injury claims
    Jon Boyer
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, USA
    Am J Ind Med 52:551-62. 2009
  5. ncbi request reprint Medium- and long-term reproducibility of self-reported exposure to physical ergonomics factors at work
    Angelo d'Errico
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA, USA
    Appl Ergon 38:167-75. 2007
  6. doi request reprint Differences among nursing homes in outcomes of a safe resident handling program
    Alicia Kurowski
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
    J Healthc Risk Manag 32:35-51. 2012
  7. doi request reprint Violence at the workplace increases the risk of musculoskeletal pain among nursing home workers
    Helena Miranda
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    Occup Environ Med 68:52-7. 2011
  8. ncbi request reprint JCQ scale reliability and responsiveness to changes in manufacturing process
    Angelo d'Errico
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
    Am J Ind Med 51:138-47. 2008
  9. doi request reprint Subjective ratings of upper extremity exposures: inter-method agreement with direct measurement of exposures
    Bryan Buchholz
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    Ergonomics 51:1064-77. 2008
  10. doi request reprint Nursing assistants' dilemma: caregiver versus caretaker
    Michelle D Holmberg
    Center for Family, Work, and Community, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
    Hosp Top 91:1-8. 2013

Detail Information

Publications44

  1. ncbi request reprint Estimating the global burden of low back pain attributable to combined occupational exposures
    Laura Punnett
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Avenue, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, USA
    Am J Ind Med 48:459-69. 2005
    ..There is little information about the global burden of non-traumatic low back pain (LBP) attributable to the effects of physical and psychosocial occupational stressors...
  2. doi request reprint Job strain predicts survey response in healthcare industry workers
    Manuel Cifuentes
    Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, USA
    Am J Ind Med 51:281-9. 2008
    ..To examine the effect of job strain on survey response...
  3. doi request reprint Physical ergonomic hazards in highway tunnel construction: overview from the Construction Occupational Health Program
    SangWoo Tak
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    Appl Ergon 42:665-71. 2011
    ..Numerous opportunities exist for the development and implementation of ergonomic interventions to protect the health and safety of construction workers...
  4. doi request reprint Ergonomic and socioeconomic risk factors for hospital workers' compensation injury claims
    Jon Boyer
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, USA
    Am J Ind Med 52:551-62. 2009
    ..The risk of MSD leading to workers' compensation (WC) claims is likely to show a gradient by socioeconomic status (SES) that may be partly explained by working conditions...
  5. ncbi request reprint Medium- and long-term reproducibility of self-reported exposure to physical ergonomics factors at work
    Angelo d'Errico
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA, USA
    Appl Ergon 38:167-75. 2007
    ..We also examined whether reproducibility was influenced by the presence of UE MSD or by technological changes introduced between the last two surveys...
  6. doi request reprint Differences among nursing homes in outcomes of a safe resident handling program
    Alicia Kurowski
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
    J Healthc Risk Manag 32:35-51. 2012
    ..These findings suggest greater SRHP benefits where there was lower NA turnover and agency staffing; less time pressure; and better teamwork, staff communication, and supervisory support...
  7. doi request reprint Violence at the workplace increases the risk of musculoskeletal pain among nursing home workers
    Helena Miranda
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    Occup Environ Med 68:52-7. 2011
    ..Despite the high prevalences of workplace physical violence and musculoskeletal symptoms among health care workers, very few studies have examined the relationship between these two phenomena...
  8. ncbi request reprint JCQ scale reliability and responsiveness to changes in manufacturing process
    Angelo d'Errico
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
    Am J Ind Med 51:138-47. 2008
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  9. doi request reprint Subjective ratings of upper extremity exposures: inter-method agreement with direct measurement of exposures
    Bryan Buchholz
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    Ergonomics 51:1064-77. 2008
    ..The objective of this study was to examine the agreement of selected questionnaire items with corresponding direct measurements from bioinstrumentation and to provide a better understanding of worker self-reports...
  10. doi request reprint Nursing assistants' dilemma: caregiver versus caretaker
    Michelle D Holmberg
    Center for Family, Work, and Community, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
    Hosp Top 91:1-8. 2013
    ..This contrasted with the respect that CNAs voiced for residents. The findings highlight the need for improved relationships between CNAs and management and suggest some desirable features of work organization in nursing homes...
  11. ncbi request reprint Inter-method agreement between O*NET and survey measures of psychosocial exposure among healthcare industry employees
    Manuel Cifuentes
    University of Massachusetts Lowell, Work Environment, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, USA
    Am J Ind Med 50:545-53. 2007
    ..Imputed job characteristics had been used as proxy of exposure to working conditions. O*NET database provides job information that could be useful to evaluate psychosocial working conditions...
  12. doi request reprint Variability in risk factors for knee injury in construction
    SangWoo Tak
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
    J Occup Environ Hyg 6:113-20. 2009
    ..Homogenous exposure groups are not easily defined from the readily available organizational features of construction work...
  13. doi request reprint Healthy workplaces? A survey of Massachusetts employers
    Patricia A Tremblay
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 1 University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    Am J Health Promot 27:390-400. 2013
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  14. doi request reprint Occupation-differential construct validity of the Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) psychological job demands scale with physical job demands items: a mixed methods research
    BongKyoo Choi
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, 1 University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    Ergonomics 55:425-39. 2012
    ..Additionally, interviews with eight university workers revealed that workers interpreted the two psychological demands items differently by the nature of their tasks. The scale validity was occupation-differential...
  15. doi request reprint The association of major depressive episodes with income inequality and the human development index
    Manuel Cifuentes
    Work Environment Department, University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Avenue, Kitson Hall 200, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, USA
    Soc Sci Med 67:529-39. 2008
    ..39), one would expect to see an increase in the prevalence of MDE from 4.0% to 6.2%. These findings raise important questions about the role of income inequality on social forces that can lead to depression...
  16. doi request reprint Perceptions of working and living conditions among industrial male and female workers in PerĂº
    Maria J Brunette
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA maria
    Work 38:211-23. 2011
    ..To further investigate Peruvian blue collar workers' perceptions of their conditions of work and find out relationships between these conditions and overall worker well being...
  17. ncbi request reprint Prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders in union ironworkers
    Martin S Forde
    University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts, USA
    J Occup Environ Hyg 2:203-12. 2005
    ..7, 95% CI 1.12.6), and for the upper extremity in concrete reinforcement ironwork (OR 1.9, 95% CI 1.22.9). These findings suggest that some musculoskeletal morbidity in construction ironworkers may be work related and thus preventable...
  18. ncbi request reprint Gendered work conditions, health, and work outcomes
    Meg A Bond
    Department of Psychology, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    J Occup Health Psychol 9:28-45. 2004
    ..Organizational factors associated with psychological distress differed between female- and male-dominated jobs...
  19. ncbi request reprint Ergonomic exposures in apple harvesting: preliminary observations
    Scott Fulmer
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, USA
    Am J Ind Med . 2002
    ..A descriptive study of ergonomic risks for strains of the shoulder and lower back among apple harvesters was carried out to identify opportunities for intervention...
  20. doi request reprint Participatory ergonomics as a model for integrated programs to prevent chronic disease
    Laura Punnett
    From the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace Dr Punnett, Dr Warren, Dr Henning, Ms Nobrega, and Dr Cherniack, Lowell, Mass University of Massachusetts Lowell Dr Punnett, Ms Nobrega, Lowell, Mass University of Connecticut Health Center Dr Warren, Dr Cherniack, Farmington, Conn and University of Connecticut Dr Henning, Storrs, Conn
    J Occup Environ Med 55:S19-24. 2013
    ..To describe the value of participatory methods for achieving successful workplace health promotion (WHP) programming, and specifically the relevance of participatory ergonomics (PE) for the Total Worker Health (TWH) initiative...
  21. doi request reprint An economic analysis of a safe resident handling program in nursing homes
    Supriya Lahiri
    Department of Economics, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    Am J Ind Med 56:469-78. 2013
    ..This study evaluated the economics of a safe resident handling program (SRHP), in a large chain of skilled nursing facilities, from the corporation's perspective...
  22. ncbi request reprint Recall of prior musculoskeletal pain
    Helena Miranda
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Avenue, Lowell, MA, USA
    Scand J Work Environ Health 32:294-9. 2006
    ..The authors investigated how well people in a workplace recalled their prior musculoskeletal pain and which factors influenced recall accuracy...
  23. ncbi request reprint Work-related musculoskeletal disorders: the epidemiologic evidence and the debate
    Laura Punnett
    University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    J Electromyogr Kinesiol 14:13-23. 2004
    ..The NRC/IOM report concluded, and other reviewers internationally have concurred, that the etiologic importance of occupational ergonomic stressors for the occurrence of MSDs of the low back and upper extremities has been demonstrated...
  24. pmc A conceptual framework for integrating workplace health promotion and occupational ergonomics programs
    Laura Punnett
    Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace, University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Avenue, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    Public Health Rep 124:16-25. 2009
    ..Each study features participatory structures to facilitate employee input into health goal-setting, program design and development, and evaluation, with the goal of enhanced effectiveness and longer-term sustainability...
  25. doi request reprint Work environment risk factors for injuries in wood processing
    Christina A Holcroft
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, One University Avenue, Lowell, Massachusetts, 01854, USA
    J Safety Res 40:247-55. 2009
    ..The reported injury rate for wood product manufacturing in Maine, 1987-2004, was almost twice the state-wide average for all jobs...
  26. doi request reprint A cross-national study on the multidimensional characteristics of the five-item psychological demands scale of the Job Content Questionnaire
    BongKyoo Choi
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, Massachusetts 01854, USA
    Int J Behav Med 15:120-32. 2008
    ..The five-item psychological demands scale of the Job Content Questionnaire (JCQ) has been assumed to be one-dimensional in practice...
  27. ncbi request reprint Work routinization and implications for ergonomic exposure assessment
    Judith E Gold
    Department of Work Environment, 1 University Ave, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    Ergonomics 49:12-27. 2006
    ..A work sampling approach to job analysis is recommended as the most efficient way to obtain a comparable unbiased exposure estimate across all routinization levels...
  28. ncbi request reprint Work-related musculoskeletal disorders: is the burden equitably distributed?
    Laura Punnett
    Department of Work Environment, University of Massachussettis Lowell, Lowell, MA, USA
    Med Lav 97:182-3. 2006
  29. doi request reprint Work organization and health issues in long-term care centers
    Yuan Zhang
    Department of Nursing, University of Massachusetts, Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
    J Gerontol Nurs 37:32-40. 2011
    ..Improved systems of communication that allow frontline workers to express their concerns would make it possible to create solutions to these problems...
  30. ncbi request reprint Pathomechanisms of work-related musculoskeletal disorders: conceptual issues
    Martin S Forde
    University of Massachusetts Lowell, 1 University Avenue, Lowell 01854, USA
    Ergonomics 45:619-30. 2002
    ..Suggestions are made as to how future research could evaluate whether these phenomena are relevant to the effects of physical exposures and the underlying disease processes of common WRMSDs...
  31. ncbi request reprint Making sense of highway construction: a taxonomic framework for ergonomic exposure assessment and intervention research
    Susan Moir
    College of Engineering, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA, USA
    Appl Occup Environ Hyg 18:256-67. 2003
    ..Although developed for construction ergonomics, the taxonomic approach has application to non-routine work in other industry sectors and possibly in occupational health research other than ergonomics...
  32. ncbi request reprint The social distribution of risk at work: acute injuries and physical assaults among healthcare workers working in a long-term care facility
    Douglas J Myers
    Duke University, Community and Family Medicine, 2200 W Main Street, Suite 700, Durham, NC 27705, USA
    Soc Sci Med 64:794-806. 2007
    ..New hypotheses are proposed to explore how social norms and expectations affect the way workers interact with each other and shape the distribution of risk among workgroup members...
  33. ncbi request reprint The contribution of occupational risks to the global burden of disease: summary and next steps
    Marilyn Fingerhut
    National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Room 715H, Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20201, USA
    Med Lav 97:313-21. 2006
    ..This article summarizes findings of the WHO CRA project, presents the estimates of the International Labor Organization (ILO) for total deaths due to workplace risks, and calls for action...
  34. ncbi request reprint Be the fairest of them all: challenges and recommendations for the treatment of gender in occupational health research
    Karen Messing
    Department of Biological Sciences, CINBIOSE, Universite du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    Am J Ind Med 43:618-29. 2003
    ..More serious consideration of gender-related factors will help identify risk factors for both women and men...
  35. ncbi request reprint Pressure pain thresholds and musculoskeletal morbidity in automobile manufacturing workers
    Judith E Gold
    Department of Public Health, Temple University, 3rd Floor, Vivacqua Hall, 1700 N Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
    Int Arch Occup Environ Health 79:128-34. 2006
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  36. ncbi request reprint The global burden of selected occupational diseases and injury risks: Methodology and summary
    Deborah Imel Nelson
    Protection of the Human Environment, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
    Am J Ind Med 48:400-18. 2005
    ..To better advise policy makers, we assessed the global burden of disease and injury due to selected occupational hazards. This article presents an overview, and describes the methodology employed in the companion studies...
  37. ncbi request reprint Reliable exposure assessment strategies for physical ergonomics stressors in construction and other non-routinized work
    Victor Paquet
    Department of Industrial Engineering, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, 342 Bell Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260 2060, USA
    Ergonomics 48:1200-19. 2005
    ....
  38. pmc Agreement between a self-administered questionnaire on musculoskeletal disorders of the neck-shoulder region and a physical examination
    Nathalie Perreault
    Quebec Rehabilitation Institute, 525 Hamel Est, Quebec City, Canada
    BMC Musculoskelet Disord 9:34. 2008
    ..The agreement between self-administered questionnaires and the physical examination on the presence of neck-shoulders disorders was assessed in the present study...
  39. ncbi request reprint The relationship of unions to prevalence and claim filing for work-related upper-extremity musculoskeletal disorders
    Tim Morse
    Ergonomic Technology Center, University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut 06030 6210, USA
    Am J Ind Med 44:83-93. 2003
    ..Unionization has been found to be related to higher filing of workers' compensation (WC) claims, but the extent of the relationship and the relationships to other variables have not been previously reported...
  40. ncbi request reprint Work-related carpal tunnel syndrome (WR-CTS) in Massachusetts, 1992-1997: source of WR-CTS, outcomes, and employer intervention practices
    Helen Wellman
    Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, Hopkinton, Massachusetts, USA
    Am J Ind Med 45:139-52. 2004
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  41. ncbi request reprint Risk factors for recruit exertional heat illness by gender and training period
    Robert F Wallace
    Biophysics and Biomedical Modeling Division, U S Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, 42 Kansas Street, Natick, MA 01760 5007, USA
    Aviat Space Environ Med 77:415-21. 2006
    ..A matched case control study investigated the effects of fitness and conditioning on EHI risk among Marine Corps recruits during 12 wk of basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC...
  42. ncbi request reprint Injuries and assaults in a long-term psychiatric care facility: an epidemiologic study
    Douglas Myers
    University of Illinois at Chicago, IL, USA
    AAOHN J 53:489-98. 2005
    ..Work organization factors should be taken into consideration when developing interventions...
  43. ncbi request reprint Prior heat illness hospitalization and risk of early death
    Robert F Wallace
    Military Performance Division, US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, 42 Kansas Street, Natick, MA 01760 5007, USA
    Environ Res 104:290-5. 2007
    ..23, 95% CI: 1.02, 4.90) compared to APX reference cases. Our findings provide preliminary evidence for increased risk of mortality among those who have experienced prior hospitalization for heat illness...
  44. ncbi request reprint The effects of continuous hot weather training on risk of exertional heat illness
    Robert F Wallace
    Biophysics and Biomedical Modeling Division, U S Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine, 42 Kansas Street, Natick, MA 01760 5007, USA
    Med Sci Sports Exerc 37:84-90. 2005
    ....