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ProDoc Proposal Health@Work

English title ProDoc Proposal Health@Work
Applicant Danuser Brigitta
Number 132800
Funding scheme ProDoc
Research institution Institut universitaire romand de Santé au Travail UNISANTÉ
Institution of higher education Institute for Work and Health - IST
Main discipline Occupational Medicine, Ergonomy
Start/End 01.01.2011 - 31.12.2014
Approved amount 246'600.00
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Keywords (5)

occupational health; exposure; intervention; doctoral program; multidisciplinary approach

Lay Summary (English)

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Lay summary
The relationship of the human being to work, his or her employment conditions and the nature and conditions of this work influence strongly his or her life and health, reaching far over the active working period. Work can cause diseases but work can promote physical, psychical and social competencies too. A reduced health diminishes the chances to get or maintain a job and being without work is understood as a health risk today.
Both the World Health Organization and the European Union stress the importance of good working condition for economic wealth as well as people's health. Current demographic developments, the intensification and acceleration of our working society, as well as the increasing competitiveness of the global economy accentuate the importance of health, work ability and performance of the workforce.
In international comparison - Switzerland has a backlog of Occupational Health (OH) research. Thus, the governmental policy platform "National Health Policy Switzerland"strongly recommends to launch a national initiative for OH research for economic and societal reasons (Nationale Gesundheitspolitik Schweiz, 2006).
OH research is a priori interdisciplinary research, covering epidemiology, chemistry, physics, engineering, medical, ergonomic, psychological and organizational research. OH has to take into account the economic structure as well as the social and medical system of a country. Taken together, the variability and complexity of the field of work and health requires a systematic, coordinated and transdisciplinary research approach across single disciplines and institutions. Beyond health, OH research enlarges its focus to a working life participation perspective including work ability, quality of working life, motivation and engagement, as well as to a micro and macroeconomic, management, and societal perspective.

The ProDoc health@work is a joint initiative of three universities (University of Zurich, Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich and the University of Lausanne) aiming to provide to future OH professionals the best possible PhD training for their future role as scientists and experts. A formal program in which PhD students can a) acquire basic skills and knowledge, b) network with other PhD students and researchers working in the same fields beyond their institutions as contacts and c) obtain structural support for their work are the aims of the ProDoc health@work.

The PhD training program consists of three components:
1. A portfolio to strengthen the collaboration between supervisors and students. In the portfolio the competencies that are to be achieved by the student are determined, and the support he or she can expect from the supervisor and the program. Competences include scientific skills (proposal writing, data analysis and scientific writing), personal and other leadership skills, research project management, familiarity with ethics and equity issues.2. Course modules will target special research and method skills covering the following areas:
Overview of occupational / organizational / public health, transdisciplinary research skills, exposure assessment, organizational health research, research method triangulation, gender studies, company epidemiology, qualitative research.
3. Networking opportunities are offered in the context of thematic workshops/courses at national and international level.
Direct link to Lay Summary Last update: 21.02.2013

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Publications

Publication
Prolonged performance-related neuroendocrine activation and perseverative cognition in low- and high-anxious university music students
Gomez Patrick, Nielsen Carole, Studer Regina K., Hildebrandt Horst, Klumb Petra L., Nater Urs M., Wild Pascal, Danuser Brigitta (2018), Prolonged performance-related neuroendocrine activation and perseverative cognition in low- and high-anxious university music students, in Psychoneuroendocrinology, 95, 18-27.
Correlates of burnout symptoms among child care teachers. A multilevel modeling approach
Blöchliger Olivia R., Bauer Georg F. (2017), Correlates of burnout symptoms among child care teachers. A multilevel modeling approach, in European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, 26(1), 7-25.
Employment 12 months after kidney transplantation: An in-depth bio-psycho-social analysis of the Swiss Transplant Cohort
Danuser Brigitta, Simcox Amira, Studer Regina, Koller Michael, Wild Pascal (2017), Employment 12 months after kidney transplantation: An in-depth bio-psycho-social analysis of the Swiss Transplant Cohort, in PLOS ONE, 12(4), e0175161-e0175161.
The relationship between music performance anxiety, subjective performance quality and post-event rumination among music students
Nielsen Carole, Studer Regina K., Hildebrandt Horst, Nater Urs M., Wild Pascal, Danuser Brigitta, Gomez Patrick (2017), The relationship between music performance anxiety, subjective performance quality and post-event rumination among music students, in Psychology of Music, 46(1), 136-152.
Exploring the Interaction Between Volunteering Status, Paid Job Characteristics and Quality of Volunteers’ Motivation on Mental Health
Ramos Romualdo, Güntert Stefan, Brauchli Rebecca, Bauer Georg, Wehner Theo, Hämmig Oliver (2016), Exploring the Interaction Between Volunteering Status, Paid Job Characteristics and Quality of Volunteers’ Motivation on Mental Health, in VOLUNTAS: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations, 27(2), 790-809.
Demands and Job Resources in the Child Care Workforce: Swiss Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher Assessments
Bloechliger Olivia R., Bauer Georg F. (2016), Demands and Job Resources in the Child Care Workforce: Swiss Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher Assessments, in Early Education and Development, 27(7), 1040-1059.
Individual and group-level job resources and their relationships with individual work engagement
Füllemann Désirée, Brauchli Rebecca, Jenny Gregor J., Bauer Georg F. (2016), Individual and group-level job resources and their relationships with individual work engagement, in Journal of Occupational Health, 58(3), 255-268.
Outcome expectancy as a process indicator in comprehensive worksite stress management interventions.
Fridrich Annemarie, Jenny Gregor J., Bauer Georg F. (2016), Outcome expectancy as a process indicator in comprehensive worksite stress management interventions., in International Journal of Stress Management, 23(1), 1-22.
Sense of coherence and the motivational process of the job-demands–resources model.
Vogt Katharina, Hakanen Jari J., Jenny Gregor J., Bauer Georg F. (2016), Sense of coherence and the motivational process of the job-demands–resources model., in Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, 21(2), 194-207.
The experience of work-life balance across family-life stages in Switzerland: a cross-sectional questionnaire-based study
Wepfer Ariane G., Brauchli Rebecca, Jenny Gregor J., Hämmig Oliver, Bauer Georg F. (2015), The experience of work-life balance across family-life stages in Switzerland: a cross-sectional questionnaire-based study, in BMC Public Health, 15(1), 1290-1290.
Developing a Theoretical Framework Using a Nursing Perspective to Investigate Perceived Health in the “Sandwich Generation” Group
Oulevey Bachmann Annie, Danuser Brigitta, Morin Diane (2015), Developing a Theoretical Framework Using a Nursing Perspective to Investigate Perceived Health in the “Sandwich Generation” Group, in Nursing Science Quarterly, 28(4), 308-318.
Developing a Theoretical Framework Using a Nursing Perspective to Investigate Perceived Health in the “Sandwich Generation” Group
Oulevey Bachmann Annie, Danuser Brigitta, Morin Diane (2015), Developing a Theoretical Framework Using a Nursing Perspective to Investigate Perceived Health in the “Sandwich Generation” Group, in Nursing Science Quarterly, 28(4), 308-318.
The key role of shared participation in changing occupational self-efficacy through stress management courses
Füllemann Désirée, Jenny Gregor J., Brauchli Rebecca, Bauer Georg F. (2015), The key role of shared participation in changing occupational self-efficacy through stress management courses, in Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 88(3), 490-510.
Process and outcome evaluation of an organizational-level stress management intervention in Switzerland
Jenny Gregor J., Brauchli Rebecca, Inauen Alice, Füllemann Désirée, Fridrich Annemarie, Bauer Georg F. (2015), Process and outcome evaluation of an organizational-level stress management intervention in Switzerland, in Health Promotion International, 30(3), 573-585.
The consequences of job crafting: a three-wave study
Vogt Katharina, Hakanen Jari J., Brauchli Rebecca, Jenny Gregor J., Bauer Georg F. (2015), The consequences of job crafting: a three-wave study, in European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 25(3), 353-362.
Hält Freiwilligenarbeit gesund? Erklärungsansätze und kontextuelle Faktoren
Ramos Romualdo, Wehner Theo (2015), Hält Freiwilligenarbeit gesund? Erklärungsansätze und kontextuelle Faktoren, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, Berlin, Heidelberg, 109-127.
Busy Yet Socially EngagedVolunteering, Work–Life Balance, and Health in the Working Population
Ramos Romualdo, Brauchli Rebecca, Bauer Georg, Wehner Theo, Hämmig Oliver (2015), Busy Yet Socially EngagedVolunteering, Work–Life Balance, and Health in the Working Population, in Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 57(2), 164-172.
Physicochemical Characterization of Nebulized Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles (SPIONs)
Graczyk Halshka, Bryan Louise C., Lewinski Nastassja, Suarez Guillaume, Coullerez Geraldine, Bowen Paul, Riediker Michael (2015), Physicochemical Characterization of Nebulized Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles (SPIONs), in Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery, 28(1), 43-51.
The Context, Process, and Outcome Evaluation Model for Organisational Health Interventions
Fridrich Annemarie, Jenny Gregor J., Bauer Georg F. (2015), The Context, Process, and Outcome Evaluation Model for Organisational Health Interventions, in BioMed Research International, 2015, 1-12.
Work-SoC–Entwicklung und Validierung einer Skala zur Erfassung des arbeitsbezogenen Kohärenzgefühls
Bauer Georg F., Vogt Katharina, Inauen Alice, Jenny Gregor J. (2015), Work-SoC–Entwicklung und Validierung einer Skala zur Erfassung des arbeitsbezogenen Kohärenzgefühls, in Zeitschrift für Gesundheitspsychologie, 23(1), 20-30.
Airborne Exposures to Monoethanolamine, Glycol Ethers, and Benzyl Alcohol During Professional Cleaning: A Pilot Study
GersterFabian, HopfNancy, WildPascal, VernezDavid (2014), Airborne Exposures to Monoethanolamine, Glycol Ethers, and Benzyl Alcohol During Professional Cleaning: A Pilot Study, in The Annals of Occupational Hygiene, 58(7), 846.
Hazardous substances in frequently used professional cleaning products
Gerster Fabian Melchior, Vernez David, Wild Pascal Pierre, Hopf Nancy Brenna (2014), Hazardous substances in frequently used professional cleaning products, in International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 20(1), 46-60.
Disentangling stability and change in job resources, job demands, and employee well-being — A three-wave study on the Job-Demands Resources model
Brauchli Rebecca, Schaufeli Wilmar B., Jenny Gregor J., Füllemann Désirée, Bauer Georg F. (2013), Disentangling stability and change in job resources, job demands, and employee well-being — A three-wave study on the Job-Demands Resources model, in Journal of Vocational Behavior, 83(2), 117-129.
Human inhalation exposure to iron oxide particles
Lewinski Nastassja, Graczyk Halshka, Riediker Michael (2013), Human inhalation exposure to iron oxide particles, in BioNanoMaterials, 14(1-2), 5-23.
La « Génération Sandwich » en Suisse romande : mieux comprendre les facteurs associés avec la santé perçue afin de mieux agir en promotion de la santé
Oulevey Bachmann Annie, Wild Pascal, Von Rotz Urs, Danuser Brigitta, Morin Diane (2013), La « Génération Sandwich » en Suisse romande : mieux comprendre les facteurs associés avec la santé perçue afin de mieux agir en promotion de la santé, in Recherche en soins infirmiers, 115(4), 68-68.
A simple gas chromatography method for the analysis of monoethanolamine in airGas Chromatography
Gerster Fabian Melchior, Hopf Nancy Brenna, Huynh Cong Khanh, Plateel Grégory, Charrière Nicole, Vernez David (2012), A simple gas chromatography method for the analysis of monoethanolamine in airGas Chromatography, in Journal of Separation Science, 35(17), 2249-2255.
Predictors of return to work 12 months after solid organ transplantation: results from the Swiss Transplant Cohort Study
Vieux Laure, Simcox Amira, Mediouni Zakia, Wild Pascal, Koller Michael, Studer Regina, Danuser Brigitta, Predictors of return to work 12 months after solid organ transplantation: results from the Swiss Transplant Cohort Study, in Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation.

Associated projects

Number Title Start Funding scheme
137125 Return to Work: a long-term follow-up study after solid organ transplantation in Switzerland 01.09.2011 ProDoc
134909 Effectiveness study of individual and organizational stress management interventions at work 01.04.2011 ProDoc

Abstract

Both the World Health Organization and the European Union stress the importance of good working conditions for economic wealth as well as people’s health (WHO, 2008; European commission, 2007). Current demographic developments, the intensification and acceleration of our working society, as well as the increasing competitiveness of the global economy accentuate the importance of health, work ability and performance of the workforce. Acknowledging that high relevance, most Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon Countries have a national research centre for occupational health (OH). In international comparison - Switzerland has a backlog of OH research. Thus, the governmental policy platform „National Health Policy Switzerland“ strongly recommends to launch a national initiative for OH research for economic and societal reasons (Nationale Gesundheitspolitik Schweiz, 2006).OH research is a priori interdisciplinary research, covering epidemiology, chemistry, physics, engineering, medical, and psychological and organizational research. OH is understood as need-driven research (Järvholm et al., 2009), taking into account the economic structure as well as the social system and medical system of a country. Taken together, the variability and complexity of the field of work and health requires a systematic, coordinated and transdisciplinary research approach across single disciplines and institutions. Beyond health, OH research enlarges its focus to a working life participation perspective including work ability, quality of working life, motivation and engagement, as well as to a micro and macroeconomic, management, and societal perspective. The ProDoc health@work is a joint initiative of three universities (University of Zurich, Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich and the University of Lausanne) aiming to provide to future OH professionals the best possible PhD training for their future role as scientists and experts. Only the applying research centres localised in the two dominant language areas of Switzerland - the Institute de Santé au Travail (IST) of the University of Lausanne and the Division of Public and Organizational Health (POH) of the Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine of the University of Zurich and of the Centre for Occupational and Organizational Sciences of the ETH Zurich are offering the opportunity to obtain a PhD in OH. They are involved in national and international collaborative research projects funded by European agencies, the French Agency of Sanitarian Security of Environment and Work (Afsset), the SNF and various other agencies. Hitherto, there is no formal program in which these PhD students can a) acquire basic skills and knowledge, b) network with other PhD students and researchers working in the same fields beyond their institutions as contacts and c) obtain structural support for their work. The ProDoc health@work aims to fill this gap and at the same time to contribute to strengthen the existing research groups and to consolidate OH research in Switzerland in an internationally competitive environment. The PhD training program consists of three components:1. A portfolio to strengthen the collaboration between supervisors and students. In the portfolio the competencies that are to be achieved by the student are determined, and the support he or she can expect from the supervisor and the program. Competences include scientific skills (proposal writing, data analysis and scientific writing), personal and other leadership skills, research project management, familiarity with ethics and equity issues.2. Course modules will target special research and method skills covering the following areas: Overview of occupational / organizational / public health, transdisciplinary research skills, exposure assessment, organizational health research, research method triangulation, gender studies, company epidemiology, qualitative research.3. Networking opportunities are offered in the context of thematic workshops/courses at national and international level.Complementary to this teaching module, the research modules for the PhD dissertation projects will cover four main domains of OH research: exposure to mixed chemical hazards, exposure to psycho-social factors, organizational health interventions and return to work interventions. These domains consider the main internationally acknowledged research needs and academic potential as well as the core competency areas of the applicants. Grouping the PhD projects into these four research modules will facilitate the in-depth exchange between students within the same clusters. Overall, during the first 3 years of the ProDoc health@work 15 PhD projects will take place, ten of which will be applied for at the SNF.
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