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Health-promoting factors in higher education for a sustainable working life: protocol for a multicenter longitudinal study
Centre for Oral Health, Department of Natural Science and Biomedicine, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Sweden.
Department of Rehabilitation, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Sweden.
Department of Social Work, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Sweden.
Institute of Health and Care Sciences, the Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Sweden.
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2020 (English)In: BMC Public Health, ISSN 1471-2458, E-ISSN 1471-2458, Vol. 20, no 1, article id 233Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization has highlighted the importance of health promotion for health service providers in order to ensure sustainable working life for individuals involved in providing health services. Such sustainability begins when students are preparing to manage their own future health and welfare in working life. It has been suggested that universities, employees and trainee health professionals should adopt or follow a salutogenic approach that not only complements the providing of information on known health risks but also favors health promotion strategies. This paper describes the study design and data collection methods in a planned study aiming to explore health-promoting factors for a sustainable working life among students in higher education within healthcare and social work. METHODS: This protocol describes a multicenter longitudinal study involving Swedish students on higher education programs in the healthcare and social work sectors. In 2018, the study invited students on seven education programs at six universities to participate. These programs were for qualification as: biomedical laboratory scientists (n = 121); dental hygienists (n = 87); nurses (n = 1411); occupational therapists (n = 111); physiotherapists (n = 48); radiographers (n = 60); and, social workers (n = 443). In total, 2283 students were invited to participate. Participants completed a baseline, a self-reported questionnaire including six validated instruments measuring health-promoting factors and processes. There are to be five follow-up questionnaires. Three while the students are studying, one a year after graduating, and one three years after graduating. Each questionnaire captures different health-promoting dimensions, namely: health-promoting resources (i.e. sense of coherence); occupational balance; emotional intelligence; health and welfare; social interaction; and work and workplace experiences/perceptions. DISCUSSION: This study focuses on the vastly important aspect of promoting a sustainable working life for healthcare and social work employees. In contrast to previous studies in this area, the present study uses different, validated instruments in health promotion, taking a salutogenic approach. It is hoped that, by stimulating the implementation of new strategies, the study's findings will lead to education programs that prepare students better for a sustainable working life in healthcare and social work.

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BioMed Central, 2020. Vol. 20, no 1, article id 233
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Health promotion, Salutogenesis, Students’ health, Sustainable working life, adult, article, controlled study, dental hygienist, education program, emotional intelligence, employee, female, follow up, human, human experiment, laboratory personnel, longitudinal study, major clinical study, male, multicenter study, nurse, occupational therapist, perception, physiotherapist, questionnaire, radiographer, sense of coherence, social interaction, social work, Swedish citizen, welfare, workplace
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology Nursing
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Woman, Child and Family (WomFam)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-18265DOI: 10.1186/s12889-020-8181-3ISI: 000515850200001PubMedID: 32059653Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85079361892OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-18265DiVA, id: diva2:1403081
Available from: 2020-02-28 Created: 2020-02-28 Last updated: 2020-03-19Bibliographically approved

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