Research methodologies for total worker health®: Proceedings from a workshop

Sara L. Tamers, Ron Goetzel, Kevin M. Kelly, Sara Luckhaupt, Jeannie Nigam, Nicolaas P. Pronk, Diane S. Rohlman, Sherry Baron, Lisa M. Brosseau, Tim Bushnell, Shelly Campo, Chia Chia Chang, Adele Childress, L. Casey Chosewood, Thomas Cunningham, Linda M. Goldenhar, Terry T.K. Huang, Heidi Hudson, Laura Linnan, Lee S. NewmanRyan Olson, Ronald J. Ozminkowski, Laura Punnett, Anita Schill, Juliann Scholl, Glorian Sorensen

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Objective: There is growing interest in the NIOSH Total Worker Health® program, specifically in the process of designing and implementing safer, health-promoting work and workplaces. A Total Worker Health (TWH) Research MethodologyWorkshop was convened to discuss research methods and future needs. Methods: Twenty-six experts in occupational safety and health and related fields reviewed and discussed current methodological and measurement issues and those showing promise. Results: TWH intervention studies face the same challenges as other workplace intervention studies and some unique ones. Examples are provided of different approaches and their applications to TWH intervention studies, and desired developments in the TWH literature. Conclusions: This report discusses and outlines principles important to building the TWH intervention research base. Rigorous, valid methodologic, and measurement approaches are needed for TWH intervention as well as for basic/etiologic, translational, and surveillance research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)968-978
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of occupational and environmental medicine
Issue number11
StatePublished - 2018


  • Health
  • Research methodologies
  • Safety
  • Total Worker Health
  • Well-being
  • Worker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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