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Healthcare 2016, 4(4), 91; doi:10.3390/healthcare4040091

The BASE-Program—A Multidimensional Approach for Health Promotion in Companies

Department of Human Movement Science, University of Hamburg, 20148 Hamburg, Germany
Institute of Sport Science, University of Rostock, 18057 Rostock, Germany
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Academic Editors: Peter A. Leggat and Derek R. Smith
Received: 13 September 2016 / Revised: 16 November 2016 / Accepted: 5 December 2016 / Published: 8 December 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Occupational Health Issues in the New Millennium)
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Multidimensional assessments for conducting interventions are needed to achieve positive health effects within companies. BASE is an acronym, consisting of B = “Bedarfsbestimmung” (requirements); A = “Arbeitsplatzorganisation” (organisation of work); S = “Schulung des belastungsverträglichen Alltagshandelns” (coaching preventive behaviour at work); E = “Eigenverantwortung und Selbstwirksamkeit” (self-responsibility and self-efficacy). It is a prevention program designed to avoid and reduce work-related musculoskeletal diseases. It was developed to support prevention strategies within companies. It comprises aspects of health protection, ergonomics, exercise and self-efficacy. A comprehensive assessment will identify strain e.g., musculoskeletal discomforts due to body positions or psychological stress. Moreover, the general health status, preferences and barriers for participating in health promotion programs are evaluated. This analysis leads to practical and goal-oriented recommendations and interventions which suit the needs of companies and employees. These are executed onsite in real workplace situations and involve the introduction of first-hand experience in behavioural change. Therefore, this practical approach enhances the employees’ acceptance and self-efficacy for health promotion. This can result in long-term health promoting behaviour. This article presents the outcome and sustainability effects of BASE in three different application fields (logistic, industrial and office workers). View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational health promotion; prevention; assessment; ergonomics; behaviour modification; intervention; motivation; cognitive representation occupational health promotion; prevention; assessment; ergonomics; behaviour modification; intervention; motivation; cognitive representation

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Wollesen, B.; Menzel, J.; Lex, H.; Mattes, K. The BASE-Program—A Multidimensional Approach for Health Promotion in Companies. Healthcare 2016, 4, 91.

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