The COMPASS pilot study: A total worker health™ intervention for home care workers

Ryan Olson, Robert R. Wright, Diane L. Elliot, Jennifer A. Hess, Sharon Thompson, Annie Buckmaster, Kristy Luther, Bradley Wipfli

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Objective: To develop a team-based Total Worker Health™ (injury prevention + health promotion) intervention for home care workers and estimate intervention effects on workers' well-being and health and safety behaviors. Methods: Home care workers (n = 16) met monthly in teams for education and social support using a scripted, peer-led approach. Meeting process measures and pre-/postintervention outcome measures were collected. Results: Knowledge gains averaged 18.7% (standard deviation = 0.04), and 62.0% (standard deviation = 0.13) of participants reported making safety or health changes between meetings. Workers' well-being improved significantly (life satisfaction, d = 0.65, P < 0.05; negative affect, d = 0.64, P < 0.05), and the majority of other safety and health outcomes changed in expected directions. Conclusions: COMPASS is a feasible intervention model for simultaneously preventing injuries and promoting health among home care workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)406-416
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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