Occupational Health Services

Publication Title: 
American journal of health promotion: AJHP

PURPOSE: To review critically the research literature on the health effects of worksite stress-management interventions. SEARCH METHODS: Stress-management interventions were defined as techniques that are designed to help employees modify their appraisal of stressful situations or deal more effectively with the symptoms of stress. Stress-management studies that were worksite based, assessed a health outcome, and were published in the peer-reviewed literature were included in this review.

Author(s): 
Murphy, L. R.
Publication Title: 
Occupational Medicine (Oxford, England)

BACKGROUND: A variety of workplace-based interventions exist to reduce stress and increase productivity. However, the efficacy of these interventions is sometimes unclear. AIMS: To determine whether complementary therapies offered in the workplace improve employee well-being. METHODS: We performed a systematic literature review which involved an electronic search of articles published between January 2000 and July 2015 from the databases Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, PsycINFO, MEDLINE, AMED, CINAHL Plus, EMBASE and PubMed.

Author(s): 
Ravalier, J. M.
Wegrzynek, P.
Lawton, S.
Publication Title: 
Psychology & Health

Whilst survival rates for childhood cancer have improved dramatically over the past three decades, it is still a devastating diagnosis for family members and an illness which severely disrupts the lifestyle of the family unit. Developing an understanding of the impact of the illness on the family is crucial to better support families' deal with the demands of the illness. In this study nine families in which a child was diagnosed with cancer were interviewed twice over a 12 month period, approximately 6 months apart.

Author(s): 
Schweitzer, Robert
Griffiths, Maya
Yates, Patsy
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity

BACKGROUND: The process evaluation of the [email protected] intervention was primary aimed at gaining insight into the context, dose delivered, fidelity, reach, dose received, and participants' attitude. Further, the differences between intervention locations were evaluated. METHODS: Eligible for this study were 730 workers, aged ≥ 45 years, from two academic hospitals.

Author(s): 
Strijk, Jorien E.
Proper, Karin I.
van der Beek, Allard J.
van Mechelen, Willem
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Most research on the impact of mind-body training does not ask about participants' baseline experience, expectations, or preferences for training. To better plan participant-centered mind-body intervention trials for nurses to reduce occupational stress, such descriptive information would be valuable. METHODS: We conducted an anonymous email survey between April and June, 2010 of North American nurses interested in mind-body training to reduce stress.

Author(s): 
Kemper, Kathi
Bulla, Sally
Krueger, Deborah
Ott, Mary Jane
McCool, Jane A.
Gardiner, Paula
Publication Title: 
Brain, Behavior, and Immunity

We have developed a low dose Mindfulness-Based Intervention (MBI-ld) that reduces the time committed to meetings and formal mindfulness practice, while conducting the sessions during the workday. This reduced the barriers commonly mentioned for non-participation in mindfulness programs. In a controlled randomized trial we studied university faculty and staff (n=186) who were found to have an elevated CRP level,>3.0 mg/ml, and who either had, or were at risk for cardiovascular disease.

Author(s): 
Malarkey, William B.
Jarjoura, David
Klatt, Maryanna
Publication Title: 
Holistic Nursing Practice

Long-term care staff have high levels of musculoskeletal concerns. This research provided a pilot program to evaluate the efficacy of employer-funded on-site massage therapy on job satisfaction, workplace stress, pain, and discomfort. Twenty-minute massage therapy sessions were provided. Evaluation demonstrated possible improvements in job satisfaction, with initial benefits in pain severity, and the greatest benefit for individuals with preexisting symptoms. A long-term effect was not demonstrated.

Author(s): 
Back, Chris
Tam, Helen
Lee, Elaine
Haraldsson, Bodhi
Publication Title: 
Meditsina Truda I Promyshlennaia Ekologiia

The article deals with problems of optimizing sanatorium-and-spa programs to better health in workers exposed to vibration, through using panto-magnesium pearl baths. Examinations covered 49 individuals exposed to local vibration at work, who underwent health programs including magnetotherapy, manual massage and exercise therapy. The authors conclude that maximal effect of improved life quality was seen after panto-magnesium gas baths course auxiliary to the programs.

Author(s): 
Poteriaeva, E. L.
Nesina, I. A.
Liutkevich, A. A.
Tepliakov, G. V.
Egorova, L. S.
Publication Title: 
Holistic Nursing Practice

Long-term care staff have high levels of musculoskeletal concerns. This research provided a pilot program to evaluate the efficacy of employer-funded on-site massage therapy on job satisfaction, workplace stress, pain, and discomfort. Twenty-minute massage therapy sessions were provided. Evaluation demonstrated possible improvements in job satisfaction, with initial benefits in pain severity, and the greatest benefit for individuals with preexisting symptoms. A long-term effect was not demonstrated.

Author(s): 
Back, Chris
Tam, Helen
Lee, Elaine
Haraldsson, Bodhi
Publication Title: 
BMC complementary and alternative medicine

BACKGROUND: Most research on the impact of mind-body training does not ask about participants' baseline experience, expectations, or preferences for training. To better plan participant-centered mind-body intervention trials for nurses to reduce occupational stress, such descriptive information would be valuable. METHODS: We conducted an anonymous email survey between April and June, 2010 of North American nurses interested in mind-body training to reduce stress.

Author(s): 
Kemper, Kathi
Bulla, Sally
Krueger, Deborah
Ott, Mary Jane
McCool, Jane A.
Gardiner, Paula

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