Work stress interventions in hospital care: Effectiveness of the DISCovery method

I.M.W. Niks, J. de Jonge, J.M.P. Gevers, I.L.D. Houtman

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Abstract

Effective interventions to prevent work stress and to improve health, well-being, and performance of employees are of the utmost importance. This quasi-experimental intervention study presents a specific method for diagnosis of psychosocial risk factors at work and subsequent development and implementation of tailored work stress interventions, the so-called DISCovery method. This method aims at improving employee health, well-being, and performance by optimizing the balance between job demands, job resources, and recovery from work. The aim of the study is to quantitatively assess the effectiveness of the DISCovery method in hospital care. Specifically, we used a three-wave longitudinal, quasi-experimental multiple-case study approach with intervention and comparison groups in health care work. Positive changes were found for members of the intervention groups, relative to members of the corresponding comparison groups, with respect to targeted work-related characteristics and targeted health, well-being, and performance outcomes. Overall, results lend support for the effectiveness of the DISCovery method in hospital care.

Original languageEnglish
Article number332
Pages (from-to)332
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2018

Keywords

  • DISC-R Model
  • DISCovery method
  • Health care workers
  • Interventions
  • Job demands
  • Job resources
  • Multiple-case study
  • Off-job recovery
  • Work stress

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