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Prospective Evaluation of Fidelity, Impact and Sustainability of Participatory Workplace Health Teams in Skilled Nursing Facilities

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Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace (CPHNEW), University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA 01854, USA
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Center for Human Sexuality Studies, Widener University, Chester, PA 19013, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(9), 1494; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16091494
Received: 5 March 2019 / Revised: 15 April 2019 / Accepted: 25 April 2019 / Published: 27 April 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Using Total Worker Health to Advance Worker Health and Safety)
Organizational features of work often pose obstacles to workforce health, and a participatory change process may address those obstacles. In this research, an intervention program sought to integrate occupational safety and health (OSH) with health promotion (HP) in three skilled nursing facilities. Three facilities with pre-existing HP programs served as control sites. The intervention was evaluated after 3–4 years through focus groups, interviews, surveys, and researcher observations. We assessed process fidelity in the intervention sites and compared the two groups on the scope of topics covered (integration), program impact, and medium-term sustainability. The intervention met with initial success as workers readily accepted and operationalized the concept of OSH/HP integration in all three intervention facilities. Process fidelity was high at first but diminished over time. At follow-up, team members in two intervention sites reported higher employee engagement and more attention to organizational issues. Two of the three control facilities remained status quo, with little OSH/HP integration. The intervention had limited but positive impact on the work environment and health climate: staff awareness and participation in activities, and organizational factors such as decision-making, respect, communication, and sharing of opinions improved slightly in all intervention sites. Resources available to the teams, management support, and changing corporate priorities affected potential program sustainability. View Full-Text
Keywords: occupational safety and health; workplace health promotion; integration; participatory workplace program; process fidelity; program impact; sustainability occupational safety and health; workplace health promotion; integration; participatory workplace program; process fidelity; program impact; sustainability
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Kotejoshyer, R.; Zhang, Y.; Flum, M.; Fleishman, J.; Punnett, L. Prospective Evaluation of Fidelity, Impact and Sustainability of Participatory Workplace Health Teams in Skilled Nursing Facilities. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 1494.

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