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Friday, September 12 • 10:40am - 11:40am
B005 AOHP 2014 Staffing Survey: Building on Previous Work, Creating a Benchmark for Tomorrow (Intermediate)

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Topic Overview:

Occupational health professionals are not just clinicians, but also educators, case managers, consultants and risk managers. Therefore, data on staffing ratios in other types of healthcare settings cannot be generalized to occupational health offices. The paucity of available literature on these unique offices indicates that it is unfeasible to offer recommendations on staffing ratios without first adequately assessing the current ratios in occupational health offices in healthcare settings and analyzing the factors that may influence those ratios. Accordingly, this session will review a 2014 study which aims to address this concern, conducted by Ethan Moses and Kevin Walters in collaboration with AOHP. Dr. Moses and Walters received the 2013 Julie Schmid Research Scholarship from AOHP to expand upon previous staffing surveys. The goal of this research is to assess and analyze the factors that influence staffing ratios among AOHP members’ organizations to lay the foundation for future, large-scale studies that have the statistical power to examine ideal staffing ratios. In doing so, previous staffing survey questionnaires were modified and improved upon to describe current staffing patterns and identify variables that impact staffing levels in occupational health offices in healthcare settings. Additionally, the researchers included survey measures to investigate potential relationships between staffing ratios and the respondents’ job stress and satisfaction. In this session, the presenters will discuss the methodology and findings of this research as it pertains to AOHP members, as well as possible implications for occupational health offices nationwide.



  1. Identify the reasons for investigating staffing ratios and potential stress outcomes.
  2. Describe the outline of a study design.
  3. Discuss results related to staffing ratios and occupational health psychology measures.
  4. Discuss the potential indications and implications of these findings for AOHP.

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X.J. Ethan Moses, MD, MPH

Xavier James Ethan Moses was Chief Resident at the University of Colorado’s Occupational and Environmental Medicine Residency and recently assumed the role of Head of the Division of Occupational Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center (formerly Denver General Hospital) in July 2014. Prior to joining the residency program in July 2012, Dr. Moses was the Chief of Aerospace Medicine at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, CO, where he served... Read More →
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Kevin M. Walters

Kevin M. Walters is a doctoral student in Industrial/Organizational Psychology (the study of organizations, workplaces and their employees) at Colorado State University.  Within Industrial/Organizational Psychology, his research interests primarily involve occupational health psychology and applying positive psychology to organizational contexts. Essentially, Walters is interested in researching and understanding the stress processes that... Read More →

Friday September 12, 2014 10:40am - 11:40am
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