Integration of Health Protection and Health Promotion: Rationale, Indicators, and Metrics.
Sorensen, Glorian PhD, MPH; McLellan, Deborah PhD, MHS; Dennerlein, Jack T. PhD; Pronk, Nicolaas P. PhD, FACSM; Allen, Jennifer D. ScD, MPH; Boden, Leslie I. PhD; Okechukwu, Cassandra A. ScD, MSN; Hashimoto, Dean MD, JD; Stoddard, Anne ScD; Wagner, Gregory R. MD
Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.
55 Supplement 12S:S12-S18, December 2013.
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Objective: To offer a definition of an "integrated" approach to worker health and operationalize this definition using indicators of the extent to which integrated efforts are implemented in an organization.
Methods: Guided by the question-How will we know it when we see it?-we reviewed relevant literature to identify available definitions and metrics, and used a modified Delphi process to review and refine indicators and measures of integrated approaches.
Results: A definition of integrated approaches to worker health is proposed and accompanied by indicators and measures that may be used by researchers, employers, and workers.
Conclusions: A shared understanding of what is meant by integrated approaches to protect and promote worker health has the potential to improve dialogue among researchers and facilitate the research-to-practice process.
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