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Wellness Programs at Firefighter and Police Workplaces: A Systematic Review

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Objectives: This systematic review summarizes the literature on the health effects of wellness programs at police and firefighter workplaces. The review also considers process outcomes and economic evaluations of such programs. Methods: A systematic search of articles published from January 1, 2000 through September 1, 2012 in 13 databases was conducted. Data on 7 studies from 9 articles were extracted. An assessment of the methodological quality of the studies was conducted. Results: Studies showed acceptable completion rates and high satisfaction with programs, but mixed results for changes in individual outcomes. Conclusion: Empirical evidence for effective health and wellness programs in police and firefighter populations is scarce. Better evaluation and documentation of such programs is needed to advance this field of research.
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Keywords: OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH SERVICES; QUANTITATIVE EVALUATION; SYSTEMATIC REVIEW; WELLNESS PROGRAMS; WORKPLACE

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Queensland University of Technology, School of Public Health and Social Work, Brisbane, Australia

Publication date: July 1, 2014

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  • Health Behavior and Policy Review is a rigorously peer-reviewed scholarly bi-monthly publication that seeks manuscripts on health behavior or policy topics that represent original research, including papers that examine the development, advocacy, implementation, or evaluation of policies around specific health issues. The Review especially welcomes papers that tie together health behavior and policy recommendations. Articles are available through subscription or can be ordered individually from the Health Behavior and Policy Review site.
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