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S18: Conducting Scientific Research at the Worksite: Challenges Encountered and Solutions Generated

10:30 - 12:00, Flagler, Terrace Level

Maryanna Klatt (1), Jeffrey Dusek (2), Ruth Wolever (3), Susan Gould Fogerite (4)

(1): Department of Family Medicine, The Ohio State University, College of Medicine, United States    

(2): Penny George institute of Health and Healing, United States

(3): Duke Integrative Medicine, Duke University Health System; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke School of Medicine, United States

(4): Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Rutgers School of Health Related Professions, Rutgers University, United States

 

 

Despite the observation of high levels of stress experienced by today’s workforce and its associated risks, few types of interventions have been developed for delivery at the worksite and their effects have not been systematically studied. A stressed/unhealthy workforce is detrimental both to the individual employee and to employers who are often bear the burden for increased health care costs associated with high levels of stress. Yet conducting scientific research on ways to address stress at the worksite provides a unique set of challenges for the academic researcher.  Often private companies, and even universities, and health systems within the universities, are not open to employees participating in research during the workday. Members of the Consortia Research Working Group have come together to offer solutions to some of the challenges encountered in conducting research that utilize worksite participants in various environments, including universities, hospital systems, and large corporations. Each member of this symposium will offer the state of the science regarding their successful research outcomes reflecting reductions in employee stress and associated health outcomes. Emerging researchers who are interested conducting research at the worksite will be able to build research skills via presentations from experienced researchers who have negotiated many of the pitfalls, and more importantly, successes of worksite wellness research utilizing a range of research methodologies and interventions. We will review each research study within this context - from the inception of the idea, funding, pragmatic delivery of the intervention, to the analysis of the outcomes and publication of the findings to provide insight, mentorship, and useful tools that emerging researchers need to conduct worksite wellness research. Solid worksite wellness research furthers the presence of evidenced based integrative health that can enhance people's day to day lives.