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Non-participation in initial and repeated health risk appraisals: a drop-out analysis based on a health project
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2019 (English)In: BMC Health Services Research, ISSN 1472-6963, E-ISSN 1472-6963, Vol. 19, no 1, article id 130Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Health risk assessment (HRAs) are commonly used by occupational health services (OHS) to aid workplaces in keeping their employees healthy, but for unknown reasons, many employees choose not to participate in the HRAs. The aim of the study was to explore whether demographic, lifestyle and health-related factors in employees are associated with non-participation in initial and repeated HRAs.

METHODS: In an OHS-based health project, 2022 municipal employees were asked to participate in three repeated HRAs. Multiple logistic regression analyses were used so as to determine associations between non-participating and demographic, lifestyle and health-related factors (e.g. biomarkers).

RESULTS: Among the employees who were asked to participate in the health project, more than half did not participate in any HRA and among those who did, more than one third did not participate in repeated HRAs. Young age, male sex and being employed in the Technical department or Health and Social Care department in comparison with being employed in the department for Childcare and Education were factors significantly associated with non-participation in the initial HRA. These factors, together with being on sick leave and having unhealthy dietary habits, were factors associated with non-participation in repeated HRAs.

CONCLUSIONS: Among the non-participators in initial HRAs and in repeated HRAs younger men and those already related to ill-health were overrepresented. This implicates that health care providers to a higher extent should focus on "those most needed" and that employers should be more engaged in results of repeated HRA's. Future studies should focus on modifiable variables that could make the HRAs more attractive and inclusive.

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2019. Vol. 19, no 1, article id 130
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Health promotion, Lifestyle changes, Occupational health services, Participation, Physical activity, Sickness prevention
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
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Health and Welfare
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-29574DOI: 10.1186/s12913-019-3949-9ISI: 000459435700002PubMedID: 30791905Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85061980634OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-29574DiVA, id: diva2:1291901
Available from: 2019-02-26 Created: 2019-02-26 Last updated: 2019-03-11Bibliographically approved

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