• Mathias Risgaard Jensen
  • Christine Lund Broe
4. term, Public Health, Master (Master Programme)
Introduction: The effects of Health and Counselling Services to reduce social inequalities in health are limited. Health Aalborg offers an intervention that differs from traditional Health and Counselling Services in terms of being targeted at companies rather than individuals. This intervention is carried out in cooperation between participants with different interests. The diverse interests can limit the potential of framing interventions at the workplace. This raised a question regarding how interventions could be implemented at the workplace so that they influenced employees and their health behaviour so that the function of Health Aalborg became strengthened.

Objective: The purpose of the study was to examine how the influence of the intervention by Health Aalborg on employees could be changed so that the function of Health Aalborg became strengthened.

Methods: The study was designed as a qualitative single-case study with a company, who had received health counselling as part of the intervention by Health Aalborg. Semi-structured interviews with three employees and a decision-maker from this company were conducted. The results of these interviews were analysed through the lens of a didactic and organisational theoretical perspective and their external validity was discussed based on results from a systematic literature search.

Results: A didactic and organisational understanding of the intervention’s influence on the employees was achieved. The didactic and organisational conditions of the intervention led to motivational factors and barriers to influence the employees and their health behavior and thus the function of Health Aalborg. On the basis of the found motivational factors and barriers and in order to strengthen the function of Health Aalborg, change proposals were made.

Conclusion: In order to influence employees and their health behavior and thereby strengthen the function of Health Aalborg, the intervention could be changed by implementing the function of a coordinator, using the working hours and workplace to frame it, attaching importance to a sense of community, and establishing individual and common objectives regarding the health behavior of the employees,. Further qualitative and quantitative studies are needed.
Publication date1 Jun 2015
Number of pages110
ID: 213382647