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A Qualitative Exploration of the Shift Work Experience: The Perceived Barriers and Facilitators to a Healthier Lifestyle and the Role of the Workplace Environment

Nea, Fiona M., Pourshahidi, L. Kirsty, Kearney, John, Livingstone, M. Barbara E., Bassul, Carolina and Corish, Clare A. (2017) A Qualitative Exploration of the Shift Work Experience: The Perceived Barriers and Facilitators to a Healthier Lifestyle and the Role of the Workplace Environment. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Epub . p. 1. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000001126

DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001126

Abstract

Objectives: The study aimed to understand lifestyle practices among shift workers, including an exploration of workers' perceptions of their workplace environment (WPE).Methods: Fifteen focus groups (FGs) were conducted by two researchers, with a total of 109 participants. A pilot FG was carried out with both researchers present, to ensure consistency in facilitation. To ensure quality control, both researchers analyzed all data collected.Results: Two overarching themes were observed: barriers to leading a healthier lifestyle, and facilitators to leading a healthier lifestyle. The influence of WPE was central to both themes.Conclusion: Investing in employee health is beneficial, particularly among shift workers, who are at an increased health risk. Adopting organizational policies and environmental changes as a core strategy for workplace health promotion may create an environment that makes healthier choices more accessible to all employees

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Shift work; health; lifestyle; diet; workplace; qualitative
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE)
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
ID Code:38903
Deposited By: Dr Kirsty Pourshahidi
Deposited On:14 Nov 2017 09:38
Last Modified:14 Nov 2017 09:38

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