The effectiveness of occupational health promotion and occupational safety and health measures as measured by the improvement of the employees’ health and the success of the company [BKK - an insurance company] is of particular significance for their acceptance. A systematic synopsis and appraisal are still not available. Whilst there are manifold effectiveness appraisals for behaviour- related prevention measures, particularly from the USA, evidence for the effectiveness of prevention by adapting the working environment is normally procured by means of isolated cases. The objective of this project by the Initiative Gesundheit und Arbeit (IGA – Health and Work Initiative) is to undertake a compilation of the evidence basis for behaviour-preventive measures and measures of prevention by adapting the working environment as provided by workplace health promotion and prevention. A literature study has been carried out for this purpose.
In the meantime, the call for evidence, i.e. the reliable standard of knowledge as to whether the anticipated targets are actually achievable using proposed and applied measures, is regarded as being up to date in many areas of medicine and social and public health. This complies with the credo of the so-called ”evidence-based medicine“, that is widely disseminated on an international basis by the Cochrane Collaboration. The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organisation aiming at carrying out systematic surveys on the effects of disease treatment and medical care, keeping these up to date and making them available. This is aimed at improving medical care. In the meantime, Cochrane Centres have formed in a multitude of countries and facilitate care and access to the extensive data bases. Whereas the original activities of the centres were closely oriented towards medical care and predominantly served the systematic appraisal of therapy studies, the fields of activity have now also expanded to health promotion and prevention. In addition to this, intervention results are no longer the exclusive subject matter of the compilation of knowledge, but also the evidence- based appraisal of methods and perceptions.
Editor's comments - [ Predominantly, this German literature research, aimed at the German and English language area, was carried out on the Internet assisted by Google, Metager and the MEDLINE electronic databases. In addition to this, the researchers used university libraries and the HBZ catalogue set up on Internet for those universities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The in-house library belonging to the BKK Bundesverband (BKK Federation and Federation of Institutions for Statutory Accident Insurance and Prevention) was also reverted to during research as well as various internal archives. ] Reference this?Cryer, J. (Year). This page title in italics. Retrieved date, from <this page's full URL>
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Reference : Kreis, J. Bödeker, W. (2004). Health-related and economic benefits of workplace health promotion and prevention: Summary of the scientific evidence. Essen: BKK Bundesverband und Hauptverband der gewerblichen Berufsgenossenschaften
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