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Development of Assessment Tools to Measure Organizational Support for Employee Health

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Objectives: To develop systems that measure and effect organizational support for employee health. Methods: Multiple studies and developmental projects were reviewed that show the process of instrument development, metric quality testing, utilization within intervention studies, and prediction modeling efforts. Results: Demographic patterns indicate high support levels and relationships of subsections to various employee health risks. Successes with the initial version have given rise to 2 additional evaluation tools. Conclusion: The availability of these systems illustrates how ecological models can be practically applied. Such efforts contribute to the paradigm shift in worksite health promotion that focuses on the organization as the target of intervention.
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Keywords: organization assessment; organization intervention; worksite health promotion

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Department of Health Science, SUNY Brockport, Brockport, NY. 2: School of Health Science, West Chester University, PA. 3: Center for Health Promotion, HealthPartners, Minneapolis, MN.

Publication date: 2003-01-01

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