Evidence-Based Health Promotion @Work (Promo@Work)

Public description of the goals at the beginning of the project

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.

Public description of the results at the end of the project

This research focused on workplace health promotion (WHP) enhancing work ability, recovery from work and safety at work. The multidisciplinary consortium produced evidence-based guidelines (Off we go! – Health at workplaces https://www.ttl.fi/en/off-we-go-health-atworkplaces/) for WHP with the help of policy analysis and systematic reviews on effective means of health promotion, and designed an effective evidence based mobile application for the purpose. We have combined the expertise of various disciplines, tailoring WHP practices for a particular understudied and vulnerable group of microentrepreneurs, locating the best group counseling practices in use, developing persuasive technologies to support and sustain motivation for change, and examining the economic indicators of successful WHP activities.
For evaluating WHP activities, indicators of successful and effects, including financial measures, have been studied and developed. The guidelines have been co-created with stakeholders and actors, and disseminated for large audiences and stakeholders in the form of national campaigns, communication and training events.

More information

  • Consortium´s website
  • Consortium PI, Jaana Laitinen, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health


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