Workplace is one of the priority settings for health promotion in the 21st century. In this grant proposal we'll focus on workplace health promotion (WHP), integrated with occupational health and safety at work. Our aim is to develop evidence-based guidelines for WHP. Using existing data, we will produce a research base from occupation-related personalized lifestyles that are associated with work ability and recovery from work in different vulnerable groups. The elements of counseling that enhance change in groups’ lifestyles, culture and social support will be mapped out. We will then use the results for developing persuasive technologies to support and sustain change. We examine whether a tailored eHealth intervention based on persuasive technologies works better than tailored WHP counseling for micro-entrepreneurs in a cluster randomized trial. In order to evaluate WHP activities, we'll study and develop indicators of successful processes and effects, including financial measures.
Finnish Institute of Occupational Health