Worksite health promotion programs : thirty-four case studies Public Deposited

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  • Thirty-four current worksite health promotion programs were studied in order to obtain comprehensive information about various components involved in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of existing programs, and to acquire the necessary data to develop a theory and corresponding hypotheses pertaining to successful worksite health promotion programs. The case study method was achieved through semi-structured personal interviews with a corporate representative from each company. A survey form instrument developed in 1982 by Janet A. Fuchs was used as a format for the individual interviews. A wide range of size and type companies were among the sample worksite health promotion programs. Program elements and processes were described both individually and collectively for the thirty-four companies in the following areas: general reasons for offering a program; deciding factors leading to specific topics; methods, materials, facilities, and resources used; scheduling, eligibility criteria, staffing, financing, planning, and implementation of the program; publicizing and encouraging participation; data base and evaluative measurement criteria; and problems in implementation of the program. Common program elements, processes, and problems were seen across all companies, as well as areas of more diversity. Some program aspects appeared to vary by the size or the type of company, and some common factors seemed to relate to the worksetting. A theory of the significant components incorporated in a successful worksite health promotion program evolved from this study, and a series of directional hypotheses were put forth. Recommendations for future research on worksite health promotion programs address experimental study designs, program components, program methodologies, data base utilization, and evaluative measurement criteria. Recommendations for Education and Industry include coordinating their efforts in developing and implementing worksite health promotion programs and training the appropriate personnel. Education recommendations involve professional preparation curriculum and continuing education for health education and health promotion at the worksite, and in the management of a comprehensive health promotion program for employees. Industry recommendations involve the planning and assessment stages of program design. A training specialty for a Health Educator at the worksite, and a well-defined role in the business world, was strongly recommended.
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