Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
+44 (0)1509 263171
Loughborough University

Loughborough University Institutional Repository

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23471

Title: Implementation science and employer disability practices: embedding implementation factors in research designs
Authors: Main, Christopher J.
Nicholas, Michael K.
Shaw, William S.
Tetrick, Lois E.
Ehrhart, Mark G.
Pransky, Glenn
Hopkinton Conference Working Group on Workplace Disability Prevention
Munir, Fehmidah
Keywords: Implementation factors
Workplace interventions
Disability prevention
Research priorities
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: © The Author(s) 2016. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com
Citation: MAIN, C.J. ... et al., 2016. Implementation science and employer disability practices: embedding implementation factors in research designs. Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation, 26 (4), pp. 448 - 464.
Abstract: Purpose For work disability research to have an impact on employer policies and practices it is important for such research to acknowledge and incorporate relevant aspects of the workplace. The goal of this article is to summarize recent theoretical and methodological advances in the field of Implementation Science, relate these to research of employer disability management practices, and recommend future research priorities. Methods The authors participated in a year-long collaboration culminating in an invited 3-day conference, “Improving Research of Employer Practices to Prevent Disability”, held October 14–16, 2015, in Hopkinton, MA, USA. The collaboration included a topical review of the literature, group conference calls to identify key areas and challenges, drafting of initial documents, review of industry publications, and a conference presentation that included feedback from peer researchers and a question/answer session with a special panel of knowledge experts with direct employer experience. Results A 4-phase implementation model including both outer and inner contexts was adopted as the most appropriate conceptual framework, and aligned well with the set of process evaluation factors described in both the work disability prevention literature and the grey literature. Innovative interventions involving disability risk screening and psychologically-based interventions have been slow to gain traction among employers and insurers. Research recommendations to address this are : (1) to assess organizational culture and readiness for change in addition to individual factors; (2) to conduct process evaluations alongside controlled trials; (3) to analyze decision-making factors among stakeholders; and (4) to solicit input from employers and insurers during early phases of study design. Conclusions Future research interventions involving workplace support and involvement to prevent disability may be more feasible for implementation if organizational decision-making factors are imbedded in research designs and interventions are developed to take account of these influences.
Description: The Hopkinton Conference Working Group on Workplace Disability Prevention Benjamin C. Amick III, Johannes R. Anema, Elyssa Besen, Peter Blanck, Ce´cile R.L. Boot, Ute Bu¨ltmann, Chetwyn C.H. Chan, George L. Delclos, Kerstin Ekberg, Mark G. Ehrhart, Jean-Baptiste Fassier, Michael Feuerstein, David Gimeno, Vicki L. Kristman, Steven J. Linton, Chris J. Main, Fehmidah Munir, Michael K. Nicholas, Glenn Pransky, William S. Shaw, Michael J. Sullivan, Lois E. Tetrick, Torill H. Tveito, Eira Viikari-Juntura, Kelly Williams-Whitt, and Amanda E. Young. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://crea tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1007/s10926-016-9677-7
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23471
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10926-016-9677-7
ISSN: 1053-0487
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences)

Files associated with this item:

File Description SizeFormat
Main et al_Implementation science.pdfPublished version831.68 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

 

SFX Query

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.