Workers Health Surveillance (WHS)

Workers Health Surveillance (WHS)

Objectives: To study the effectiveness of a mental module for workers' health surveillance for health care workers.

Methods: Nurses and allied health care professionals from one organization were cluster-randomized at ward level to an intervention or control group. The intervention included screening for work functioning impairments and mental health complaints. Positively screened workers were invited to visit their occupational physician. Outcome measures, including help-seeking behavior, work functioning, and mental health, were assessed at baseline, 3-month follow-up, and 6-month follow-up.

Results: An effect of study-group × time interaction on help-seeking behavior was found (P = 0.02). Workers in the intervention group showed less work functioning impairments over time than the control group (P = 0.04).

Conclusion: The module can be used to stimulate help seeking from the occupational physician and to improve functioning in workers with mild to moderate work functioning, mental health complaints, or both.

Rank: 15
First Author: Gartner
Outcome: Support Seeking,Work Functioning,Drinking Behaviors
Outcome p-value: Support Seeking:⭑, Work Functioning:⭑, Drinking Behaviors:⭑⭑
Intervention Category: Health Literacy and Anti-Stigma
Time per Employee (hours): 1
Hours per Employee: 1
D&B Study Quality Rating: 20
Reviewer Confidence: 3.5
Country: The Netherlands
Study Design Type: RCT
Materials Available to Implement: Intervention outlined in publication. A “Guideline” is available in Dutch. Corresponding author:
Organiz./Individ. Focus: Individual
Prevention Category: Secondary
Effect size Small:
Effect size Medium:
Reference: Reference Gartner, F. R., Nieuwenhuijsen, K., Ketelaar, S. M., van Dijk, F. J. H., & Sluiter, J. K. (2013). The mental vitality @ work study: Effectiveness of a mental module for workers’ health surveillance for nurses and allied health care professionals on their help-seeking behavior. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 55(10), 1219–1229.