Precarious work is a growing phenomenon in Canada and it negatively affects health. Employment status and working conditions have long been recognized as key social determinants of health. People experiencing precarious work frequently interact with the health care system. The overall aim of this project was to validate an approach to screen for occupational hazards and precarious employment in patients’ work. This project has two main objectives: 1) carry out a validation study of screening questions, 2) conduct and acceptability and feasibility study.
We validated an approach to screen for occupational hazards and precarious employment in primary care and occupation health medical clinics.
There is a strong association between all screening questions and the gold standard questionnaire. There is a positive correlation between the number of screening questions endorsed and the precarity score as determined by the gold standard measure.