Working conditions of healthcare workers and clients’ satisfaction with care: study protocol and baseline results of a cluster-randomised workplace intervention
InstitutionsInstitut für Geschichte, Theorie und Ethik der Medizin
External cooperationsArbeit und Zukunft e. V.
BMC Public Health ; 20 (2020). - Art.-Nr. 1281. - eISSN 1471-2458
Link to original publicationhttps://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09290-4
LicenseCC BY 4.0 International
Background: In the present investigation the study protocol and the results at baseline of a workplace intervention are reported. It is hypothesised that the reduction of the physical and psychosocial workload of healthcare workers increases 1 their self-assessed physical and mental work ability, and 2. clients’ satisfaction with care. Methods: Two-arm, cluster-randomised trial. Outcome data on workers and clients are collected in questionnaires at baseline, and two follow-ups between 2019 and 2021. Participants of the interventions are healthcare workers of 11 healthcare providers in Germany. At baseline, the intervention arm comprised 22 clusters (n = 174 workers); the control arm, 47 clusters (n = 276). The intervention consists of interviews and workshops, in which employees propose measures aiming to reduce the physical and psychosocial load, and strengthen resources at work. The primary outcome is the workers’ physical and mental work ability. The secondary outcome is the clients’ satisfaction with care. Results: There was no evidence of substantial differences between trial arms at baseline concerning the outcomes. The design effect estimates for physical and mental work ability were 1.29 and 1.05, respectively. At the end of the trial, effect sizes of at least 0.30 and 0.27 at the 80% power and 5% significance levels can be attained. Conclusions: The results suggest that the implementation of the study design has been satisfactory. The intervention is expected to provide evidence of relatively small to medium-size effects of the intervention activities on the work ability of healthcare workers and the clients’ satisfaction with care. Trial registration: Registration trial DRKS00021138 on the German Registry of Clinical Studies (DRKS), retrospectively registered on 25 March, 2020.
HALTgeben – Hohe Patient*innen-Zufriedenheit durch alter(n)s- und lebensphasengerechte Arbeitsgestaltung und Berufsverlaufsmodelle in der Pflege / inav [01VSF18006]
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Subject HeadingsArbeitsplatz [GND]
Workplace; Psychology [MeSH]
Occupational stress [MeSH]
Health personnel [MeSH]