AG 6 Department of Health Services Research and Nursing Science
06/2022 until 05/2024
Project management and coordination
Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Gerlinger
Prof. Dr. Susanne Kümpers (Fulda University of Applied Sciences)
Antonia Kössendrup (student assistant)
Christoph Heigl, MPH, Austrian health insurcance fund (ÖGK), Austrian Network Workplace Health Promotion
Dr. Kai Leichsenring, European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research, Vienna, Austria
Prof. Dr. Lotta Dellve, Department of Sociology and Work Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden
Katrin Skagert, PhD, The Research Institute of Sweden (RISE), Unit Production and Work Environment, Gothenburg, Sweden
Prof. Dr. Henk Nies, Vilans, Department of Organization Sciences (VU), Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Prof. Dr. Angelique E. de Rijk, Department of Social Medicine, Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Netherlands
The development of health-promoting working environments is an important field of action for health policy in which workplace health management is a key implementation strategy.
Anchoring workplace health management in a sustainable way is particularly required for long-term care. The care and support of those in need of long-term care is fundamentally a highly meaningful activity. At the same time, working conditions in long-term care, especially in nursing homes, are characterised by high physical and mental burden. In addition to this, employees perceive an increasing workload and often sense that they are not able to provide what they consider to be 'optimal' - and thus meaningful and fulfilling - care.
In Germany, with a few exceptions, the discussions and research on promising strategies for workplace health management (WHM) in long-term care institutions remain confined to a national perspective; hardly any attention has been paid to developments abroad. However, the practice of WHM in other countries can provide interesting and inspiring ideas for improving practices in Germany.
In this project, good practices of workplace health management (WHM) in long-term care institutions are identified and analysed for three countries that have launched comprehensive approaches – Austria, the Netherlands and Sweden; possibilities for transferring them to the situation in Germany are identified.
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