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J Occup Environ Med. 2013 Dec;55(12 Suppl):S12-8. doi: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000032.

Integration of health protection and health promotion: rationale, indicators, and metrics.

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From the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Drs Sorensen, McLellan, and Allen), Boston, Mass; Harvard School of Public Health (Drs Sorensen, Pronk, Okechukwu, and Wagner), Boston, Mass; Northeastern University (Dr Dennerlein), Boston, Mass; HealthPartners, Inc (Dr Pronk), Minneapolis, Minn; Boston University School of Public Health (Dr Boden), Boston, Mass; Partners HealthCare, Inc (Dr Hashimoto), Boston, Mass; Boston College Law School (Dr Hashimoto), Newton Centre, Mass; New England Research Institutes (Dr Stoddard), Watertown, Mass; and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (Dr Wagner), Washington, DC.

Abstract

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.

PMID:
24284762
PMCID:
PMC4184212
DOI:
10.1097/JOM.0000000000000032
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