One research interest centers around work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDSs), which are enormously costly to employers, their insurers, the injured workers and their families. I design surveys to expose and calculate the indirect costs from work-related MSDs and to determine the effectives of preventive interventions. I survey workers’ compensation claimants, among poultry workers and long-term caregivers. MSDs make long-term caregiving more dangerous than construction work. These injuries are largely due to patient transfers. They are preventable with the use of mechanical lifting devices. My research work has included a pilot intervention featuring the use of mechanical-lift equipment as well as a cultural change supporting the use of equipment. I am currently preparing to “scale up” the pilot intervention in partnership with workers’ compensation insurers. Also, along with Workers’ Compensation partners I plan to survey long-term care facilities to determine whether adequate numbers of lift equipment and the cultural climate to support their use are related to workers’ compensation costs and resident well-being.
Another research interest involves a surveillance of depleted uranium (DU) exposed veterans headed by Dr. McDiarmid. I am interested in discovering and documenting any changes over time typical of heavy metal poisoning that are a function of the body burden of DU.
Teaching interests include resident training in the scope and prevention of work-related MSDs, collaborative research and survey design.
Refereed Journal Articles
Keogh JP, Nuwayhid I., Gordon J, Gucer PW. The Impact of Occupational Injury on Injured Worker and Family: Outcomes of Upper Extremity Cumulative Trauma Disorders in Maryland Workers, American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Vol. 38, 498-506. 2000.
Keogh JP, Gucer PW, Gordon J, Nuwayhid I. Patterns and Predictors of Employer Corrective Actions following Work-Related Upper Extremity Cumulative Trauma Disorders (UECTDs). American Journal of Industrial Medicine. Vol 38, 489-497. 2000.
McDiarmid MA, Oliver M, Ruser J and Gucer PW. Male and Female Differences in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Injuries: Personal Attributes or Job Tasks? Environmental Research Vol 83. 23-32. 2000.
McDiarmid MA, Squibb K, Engelhardt S, Oliver M, Gucer PW , Wilson PD, Kane R, Kabat R, Kaup B, Anderson L, Hoover D, Brown L , and Jacobson-Kram. D/ Surveillance of depleted uranium exposed Gulf War veterans: Health effects observed in an enlarged "friendly fire" cohort. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 43 (12):991-1000, 2001.
McDiarmid MA and Gucer PW. The "GRAS" status of women's work. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine 43 (8):665-669, 2001. (peer reviewed editorial)
Gucer PW, Oliver MS, McDiarmid, MA, Workplace Threats to Health and Job Turnover among Women Workers. Journal of Environmental and Occupational Medicine. 45 (7) 683-690. 2003.
McDiarmid MA, Engelhardt S, Oliver M, Gucer PW, Wilson PD, Kane R, Kabat M, Kaup B, Anderson L, Hoover D, Brown L, Handwerger B, Albertini R, Jacobson-Kram, D, Thorne CD and Squibb KS. Health Effects of Depleted Uranium on Exposed Gulf War Veterans: a 10-year follow-up. Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. 67 (4).277-296. 2004.
Thorne CD, Oliver M, Al-Ibrahim M, Gucer PW, McDiarmid, MA, Terrorism-Preparedness Training for Non-Clinical Hospital Workers: Tailoring Content and Presentation to Meet Worker Needs. J Occup Environ Med, 46 668-670, 2004.
McDiarmid MA, Engelhardt, SA, Oliver,M, Gucer PW, Wilson PD, Kane R, Kabat M, Kaup B, Anderson, L, Hoover D, Brown :L, Albertini RJ, Gudi,R. Jacobson-Kram, Thorne C and Squibb, K. “Biological Monitoring and Surveillance Results of Gulf War I Veterans Exposed to Depleted Uranium”. Int Arch Occup Environ Health 1-11, 2005.