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Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica

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REYES LUNA, Juan Domingo; VALENZUELA SUAZO, Sandra  and  RODRIGUEZ CAMPO, Varinia. Nursing in occupational health: a look at the instruments used in research at the international level. Enfermería Actual de Costa Rica [online]. 2019, n.37, pp.188-205. ISSN 1409-4568.


The objective of this article was identify and characterize the instruments used in occupational health internationally, with the purpose of collecting relevant information regarding dimensions according to the characteristics of the results obtained. An integrative revision of available scientific literatura was performed including 6 databases, as a means to identify the assessment instruments used in occupational health during the period 2012 - 2017. From the above, 61 instruments used in occupational health research were obtained, from the triangulation of which 5 dimensions were reached: psychosocial - working conditions and capability - risk factors and disease detection - self-esteem, empowerment, motivation - quality of life. Due to the great number of instruments found, the contribution of this article is the compilation, characterization and grouping of the information into dimensions according to characteristics and subjects of study, in such a way as to offer guidance to the professional nurse aiming to carry out research on this particular matter. Great challenges in this field are both to stimulate the curiosity towards research with a higher ambition for scientific evidence, and the research regarding workers on a day-to-day basis as, without a shred of doubt it is thus that we can make our work visible to society.

Keywords : Instruments; Nursing-Research; Occupational-Health.

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