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The effect of prevention interventions for occupational stress among workers

  • Year: 2015
  • By: Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services
  • Authors Meneses J, Kirkehei I, Berg RC.
  • ISBN (digital): 978-82-8121-989-2

The Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services was commissioned by the Norwegian Directorate of Health to conduct a systematic literature search and subsequent categorization of relevant research. The commission aimed to identify research on the effectiveness of primary prevention strategies for preventing work-related stress and occupational injuries among workers.


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Methods

We conducted a search strategy for a systematic literature search. Searches were carried out in September 2015. Two researchers independently screened all identified references to assess inclusion according to predefined criteria.

Results

  • In total, we identified 118 relevant references
  • 3 potential overviews of overviews
  • 22 potential systematic reviews
  • 93 randomized controlled trials
  • 84 of the studies were published between 2010-2015
  • 8 randomized controlled trials were from a Nordic country
  • The majority of the studies targeted health personnel, such as nurses and doctors
  • There were also many studies that targeted teachers, blue collar industry employees, and governmental employees
  • The two most frequently described interventions were psychoeducational approaches and mindfulness

There is a substantial amount of systematic research and primary research about the effectivness of primary prevention strategies for preventing work-related stress and occupational injuries among workers. Much of this research targets health personnel and concerns psychoeducational strategies and mindfulness. In this systematic literature search we have not read the articles in full and hence neither critically evaluated the studies nor synthesized the results. Thus, we can not draw any conclusions regarding the studies' results. A full systematic review or summaries of existing systematic reviews would provide a good evidence-base for assessing the effectiveness of primary prevention strategies for preventing work-related stress and occupational injuries among workers.