The health promotion of aging workers from the perspective of occupational health professionals.Public Health Nurs. 2006 Jan-Feb; 23(1):37-45.PH
This study defines and describes, from the perspective of occupational health professionals, (a) the aging worker, (b) health promotion for aging workers, (3) employees' health-promoting activities, (4) workplace health promotion factors, (5) occupational health promotion activities, (6) co-partners supporting the health promotion, and (7) the impact of health promotion activities for older workers. A model is proposed, based on these issues.
A cross-sectional, qualitative design was used to analyze e-mailed essays. Content analysis of the essays yielded themes that were validated by an independent research colleague.
Ten group essays from 16 occupational health professionals who had participated in the Health Promotion Project of Aging Workers in Northern Karelia, Finland were received.
An aging employee was defined as a mature worker. Health promotion was defined as early prevention of the influence of health hazards. Workers can improve their health through living habits, positive attitude, personal relationships, and education. Individual work arrangements, good work atmosphere, and appreciative leadership were essential factors for the health of workers. Occupational health professionals supported workers by health examinations, workplace visits, counseling, and organizing activities.
The impacts of health promotion activities were better health, productivity, and work satisfaction.