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Hester Johnstone Lipscomb

Professor in Community and Family Medicine

Department / Division
Community and Family Medicine / Occupational & Envir Med - Gen

Address:
2200 W Main St Ste 700
Durham, NC 27705

Office Telephone:
(919) 684-8175

Research Interests:
Research Interests
Broad research interests:
Health Disparities
Injury Epidemiology
Occupational Epidemiology
Surveillance
Intervention evaluation - use of conceptual frameworks, latency of effect

More specific current interests:
Occupational injuries and disorders of construction workers.
Injuries associated with pneumatic nail guns

Musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) of occupational origin, as well as the effect of MSDs on the ability to work; special interest in back disorders.

Classification of MSDs, episodes of care; problems with use of ICD9 codes for classification of MSDs related to epidemiologic research. Integration of latency into epidemiologic models assessing work related musculoskeletal disorders.


Work-related falls.

Vulnerable work populations.

Publications:

  • Lipscomb, H; Nolan, J; Patterson, D; Dement, JM. Surveillance of nail gun injuries by journeymen carpenters provides important insight into experiences of apprentices. New solutions : a journal of environmental and occupational health policy : NS.. 2010;20:95-114. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Nolan, J; Patterson, D; Dement, JM. Continued progress in the prevention of nail gun injuries among apprentice carpenters: what will it take to see wider spread injury reductions?. Journal of Safety Research. 2010;41:241-245. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Schoenfisch, AL; Shishlov, KS; Myers, DJ. Nonfatal tool- or equipment-related injuries treated in US emergency departments among workers in the construction industry, 1998-2005. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2010;53:581-587. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM. A counterview on data quality and the systematic review process for occupational injury interventions: are we missing the forest for the trees?. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2009;36:377-378. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Silverstein, B; Cameron, W; Glazner, JE. Compensation costs of work-related back disorders among union carpenters, Washington State 1989-2003. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2009;52:587-595. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Silverstein, B; Cameron, W; Glazner, JE. Who is paying the bills? Health care costs for musculoskeletal back disorders, Washington State Union Carpenters, 1989-2003. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2009;51:1185-1192. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Silverstein, B; Kucera, KL; Cameron, W. Health care utilization for musculoskeletal back disorders, Washington State union carpenters, 1989-2003. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2009;51:604-611. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Pompeii, LA; Myers, DJ; Schoenfisch, AL; Dement, JM. Systematic reviews of workplace injury interventions: what are we missing?. Medicina del Lavoro. 2009;100:247-257. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, H; Kucera, K; Epling, C; Dement, J. Upper extremity musculoskeletal symptoms and disorders among a cohort of women employed in poultry processing. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2008;51:24-36. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Cameron, W; Silverstein, B. Incident and recurrent back injuries among union carpenters. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2008;65:827-834. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dale, AM; Kaskutas, V; Sherman-Voellinger, R; Evanoff, B. Challenges in residential fall prevention: insight from apprentice carpenters. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2008;51:60-68. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Nolan, J; Patterson, D; Dement, JM. Prevention of traumatic nail gun injuries in apprentice carpenters: use of population-based measures to monitor intervention effectiveness. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2008;51:719-727. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Nolan, J; Patterson, D; Makrozahopoulos, D; Kucera, KL; Dement, JM. How much time is safety worth? A comparison of trigger configurations on pneumatic nail guns in residential framing. Public Health Reports. 2008;123:481-486. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Epling, CA; McDonald, MA; Schoenfisch, AL. Are we failing vulnerable workers? The case of black women in poultry processing in rural North Carolina. New solutions : a journal of environmental and occupational health policy : NS.. 2007;17:17-40. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Epling, CA; Pompeii, LA; Dement, JM. Musculoskeletal symptoms among poultry processing workers and a community comparison group: Black women in low-wage jobs in the rural South. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2007;50:327-338. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Nolan, J; Patterson, D. Nail gun injuries in apprentice carpenters: risk factors and control measures. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2006;49:505-513. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Glazner, JE; Bondy, J; Guarini, K; Lezotte, D. Injuries from slips and trips in construction. Applied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society. 2006;37:267-274. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Loomis, D; McDonald, MA; Argue, RA; Wing, S. A conceptual model of work and health disparities in the United States. International Journal of Health Services. 2006;36:25-50. Abstract

  • Runyan, CW; Dal Santo, J; Schulman, M; Lipscomb, HJ; Harris, TA. Work hazards and workplace safety violations experienced by adolescent construction workers. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. 2006;160:721-727. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ. The importance of observational methods for evaluation of interventions to prevent occupational injuries. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2005;62:819-820. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Argue, R; McDonald, MA; Dement, JM; Epling, CA; James, T; Wing, S; Loomis, D. Exploration of work and health disparities among black women employed in poultry processing in the rural south. Environmental Health Perspectives. 2005;113:1833-1840. Abstract

  • Dement, JM; Pompeii, LA; Østbye, T; Epling, C; Lipscomb, HJ; James, T; Jacobs, MJ; Jackson, G; Thomann, W. An integrated comprehensive occupational surveillance system for health care workers. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2004;45:528-538. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Glazner, J; Bondy, J; Lezotte, D; Guarini, K. Analysis of text from injury reports improves understanding of construction falls. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2004;46:1166-1173. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Loomis, D; McDonald, MA; Kucera, K; Marshall, S; Li, L. Musculoskeletal symptoms among commercial fishers in North Carolina. Applied Ergonomics: human factors in technology and society. 2004;35:417-426. Abstract

  • Marshall, SW; Kucera, K; Loomis, D; McDonald, MA; Lipscomb, HJ. Work related injuries in small scale commercial fishing. Injury Prevention. 2004;10:217-221. Abstract

  • McDonald, MA; Loomis, D; Kucera, KL; Lipscomb, HJ. Use of qualitative methods to map job tasks and exposures to occupational hazards for commercial fishermen. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2004;46:23-31. Abstract

  • Kennedy, MQ; Badger, E; Pompeii, L; Lipscomb, HJ. The North Country on the Job Network: a unique role for occupational health nurses in a community coalition. AAOHN Journal. 2003;51:204-209. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Behlman, R. Direct costs and patterns of injuries among residential carpenters, 1995-2000. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2003;45:875-880. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Li, L. Health care utilization of carpenters with substance abuse-related diagnoses. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2003;43:120-131. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Li, L. Health care utilization of families of carpenters with alcohol or substance abuse-related diagnoses. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2003;43:361-368. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Li, L; Nolan, J; Patterson, D. Work-related injuries in residential and drywall carpentry. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2003;18:479-488. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Nolan, J; Patterson, D; Li, L. Nail gun injuries in residential carpentry: lessons from active injury surveillance. Injury Prevention. 2003;9:20-24. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Nolan, J; Patterson, D; Li, L; Cameron, W. Falls in residential carpentry and drywall installation: findings from active injury surveillance with union carpenters. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2003;45:881-890. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Li, L; Dement, J. Work-related falls among union carpenters in Washington State before and after the Vertical Fall Arrest Standard. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2003;44:157-165. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Li, L; Dement, JM. Falls among union carpenters. American Journal of Industrial Medicine. 2003;44:148-156. Abstract

  • Darcey, D; Lipscomb, HJ; Epling, C; Pate, W; Cherry, LP; Bernstein, J. Clinical findings for residents near a polyurethane foam manufacturing plant. Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health: an international journal. 2002;57:239-246. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Moon, SD; Li, L; Pompeii, L; Kennedy, MQ. Evaluation of the North Country on the Job Network: a model of facilitated care for injured workers in rural upstate New York. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 2002;44:246-257. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Li, L. Injuries among teens employed in the homebuilding industry in North Carolina. Injury Prevention. 2001;7:205-209. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ. Effectiveness of interventions to prevent work-related eye injuries. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. 2000;18:27-32. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Gaal, JS; Cameron, W; McDougall, V. Work-related injuries in drywall installation. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2000;15:794-802. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; Rodriguez-Acosta, R. Deaths from external causes of injury among construction workers in North Carolina, 1988-1994. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 2000;15:569-580. Abstract

  • Lipscomb, HJ; Dement, JM; McDougall, V; Kalat, J. Work-related eye injuries among union carpenters. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene. 1999;14:665-676. Abstract

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