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The Saskatchewan
Farm Injury Project Phase II
2011-2016

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Phase II - Research

Consistent with Phase I, our aim is to understand individual operational risk factors (individual factors)  and settings (contextual or environment exposures) associated with agricultural injury. Our focus in Phase II is on the experiences of vulnerable populations, especially farm operators; young workers (10-24 years), elder farmers (>65 years) and pediatric populations (<7 and < 14 years). In addition we will also study additional determinants of injury/health in agricultural populations with a particular focus on the roles of sleep disorders, fatigue, long work hours, gender, and hazardous work (all inferred from Phase I analyses), especially those within vulnerable populations. We will also expand our efforts to measure contextual attributes of farm settings (physical, economic, cultural) as they are related to the injury experience of the farm population. The baseline study of the farm family cohort was conducted in winter 2013. At baseline the study cohort consisted of 2,629 persons resident on 1,216 actively operating farms. A 27-month follow-up study tracking the injury experience of this cohort was also completed.

Another unique feature of Phase II is the establishment of a new cohort of farm and non-farming rural children. The baseline study was conducted through participating rural schools. Recruitment for the cohort was conducted in two stages. In stage 1 a sample of fifty randomly selected schools were approached to participate in the study. Consent for participation was obtained from the School Division and then from the school principal. The target population was all the children and youth attending the participating schools. The baseline study was conducted in February and March, 2014. At baseline the study cohort consisted of 2,400 children attending 46 rural Saskatchewan schools. A 27-month follow-up study was then conducted to track the injury experience of the cohort.

The study was headed by Dr. William Pickett of Queen’s University and Dr. Jim Dosman of the University of Saskatchewan. The study protocols were approved by the Behavioural Research Board of the University of Saskatchewan.

Unique to Phase II of the study is the establishment of a new cohort of rural farm and non-farming children.