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From Research-to-Practice: An Adaptation and Dissemination of the COMPASS Program for Home Care Workers

Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR 97239, USA
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)-Portland State University School of Public Health, Portland, OR 97239, USA
Department of Psychology, Portland State University, Portland, OR 97201, USA
Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403, USA
Division of Nutritional Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801, USA
Department of Family Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR 97239, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(12), 2777;
Received: 18 October 2018 / Revised: 22 November 2018 / Accepted: 24 November 2018 / Published: 7 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Using Total Worker Health® to Advance Worker Health and Safety)
The COMmunity of Practice And Safety Support (COMPASS) program was developed to prevent injuries and advance the health and well-being of home care workers. The program integrates elements of peer-led social support groups with scripted team-based programs to help workers learn together, solve problems, set goals, make changes, and enrich their supportive professional network. After a successful pilot study and randomized controlled trial, COMPASS was adapted for the Oregon Home Care Commission’s training system for statewide dissemination. The adapted program included fewer total meetings (7 versus 13), an accelerated meeting schedule (every two weeks versus monthly), and a range of other adjustments. The revised approach was piloted with five groups of workers (total n = 42) and evaluated with pre- and post-program outcome measures. After further adjustments and planning, the statewide rollout is now in progress. In the adaptation pilot several psychosocial, safety, and health outcomes changed by a similar magnitude relative to the prior randomized controlled trial. Preliminary training evaluation data (n = 265) show high mean ratings indicating that workers like the program, find the content useful, and intend to make changes after meetings. Facilitating factors and lessons learned from the project may inform future similar efforts to translate research into practice. View Full-Text
Keywords: home care workers; workplace; occupational; safety; health; well-being; dissemination home care workers; workplace; occupational; safety; health; well-being; dissemination
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Olson, R.; Hess, J.A.; Parker, K.N.; Thompson, S.V.; Rameshbabu, A.; Luther Rhoten, K.; Marino, M. From Research-to-Practice: An Adaptation and Dissemination of the COMPASS Program for Home Care Workers. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2777.

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