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Educational Interventions to Improve Safety and Health Literacy Among Agricultural Workers: A Systematic Review

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Department of Public Health, College of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences, Babes-Bolyai University, 400376 Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), Production Systems, 00790 Otaniemi, Finland
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Psychological Sciences Research Institute, Université catholique de Louvain, 1348 Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(3), 1114; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17031114
Received: 23 December 2019 / Revised: 7 February 2020 / Accepted: 8 February 2020 / Published: 10 February 2020
Health and safety education for farmers has the potential to increase the level of health, safety literacy, and thereby improve farmers’ health and quality of life. The aim of this paper is to provide a systematic review of the published literature documenting different educational interventions for agricultural workers that have the improvement of health and/or safety literacy as an outcome. A systematic search was conducted in PubMed, Embase, Scopus and PsycINFO databases for articles focusing on educational interventions for farmers’ health and safety. From the 3357 initial hits, 36 unduplicated records met the inclusion criteria. The articles included in the review used educational interventions for farmers with the purpose of preventing farm-induced diseases and injuries, increasing the health and well-being of farmers, and promoting good manufacturing practices. The educational approaches considered varied from lectures, videos, newsletters, games, and community fairs, to involving the community in designing the intervention and training farmers to deliver the intervention to the community. Interventions that used evidence-based theories, which took into account cultural aspects and individual factors, used biomarkers as a behavior change measurement, and involved the community in the development of the intervention had the best results in terms of behavior change. The strategies of educational interventions identified in this review that produced good results have the potential to inform future researchers and policy makers in the design and implementation of public health interventions, programs and policies to improve the health of farmers and their families. View Full-Text
Keywords: farm safety; agriculture; health literacy; education; safety; review farm safety; agriculture; health literacy; education; safety; review
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Coman, M.A.; Marcu, A.; Chereches, R.M.; Leppälä, J.; Van Den Broucke, S. Educational Interventions to Improve Safety and Health Literacy Among Agricultural Workers: A Systematic Review. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 1114. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17031114

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Coman MA, Marcu A, Chereches RM, Leppälä J, Van Den Broucke S. Educational Interventions to Improve Safety and Health Literacy Among Agricultural Workers: A Systematic Review. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(3):1114. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17031114

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Coman, Madalina Adina, Andreea Marcu, Razvan Mircea Chereches, Jarkko Leppälä, and Stephan Van Den Broucke. 2020. "Educational Interventions to Improve Safety and Health Literacy Among Agricultural Workers: A Systematic Review" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 3: 1114. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph17031114

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