Developing an Intervention Toolbox for Common Health Problems in the Workplace: RR1503 Research Report - Prepared by the Health and Safety Laboratory for the Health and Safety Executive 2015

Nicholas Kendall, Anthony Burton, Jennifer Lunt, Nadine Mellor, Kevin Daniels

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Abstract

Development of the Health ↔ Work Toolbox is described. The toolbox aims to reduce the workplace impact of common health problems (musculoskeletal, mental health, and stress complaints) by focusing on tackling work-relevant symptoms. Based on biopsychosocial principles this toolbox supplements current approaches by occupying the zone between primary prevention and healthcare. It provides a set of evidence-informed principles and processes (knowledge + tools) for tackling work-relevant common health problems. The toolbox comprises a proactive element aimed at empowering line managers to create good jobs, and a ‘just in time’ responsive element for supporting individuals struggling with a work-relevant health problem. The key intention is helping people with common health problems to maintain work participation. The extensive conceptual and practical development process, including a comprehensive evidence review, produced a functional prototype toolbox that is evidence based and flexible in its use. End-user feedback was mostly positive. Moving the prototype to a fully-fledged internet resource requires specialist design expertise. The Health ↔ Work Toolbox appears to have potential to contribute to the goal of augmenting existing primary prevention strategies and healthcare delivery by providing a more comprehensive workplace approach to constraining sickness absence.
LanguageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherHSE Books
Commissioning bodyKendall Burton Consulting
Number of pages554
ISBN (Print) 9999072399
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Developing an Intervention Toolbox for Common Health Problems in the Workplace : RR1503 Research Report - Prepared by the Health and Safety Laboratory for the Health and Safety Executive 2015. / Kendall, Nicholas; Burton, Anthony; Lunt, Jennifer; Mellor, Nadine; Daniels, Kevin.

London : HSE Books, 2015. 554 p.

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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