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Workplace wellness using online learning tools in a healthcare setting

Blake, Holly; Gartshore, Emily

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Emily Gartshore



Abstract

The aim was to develop and evaluate an online learning tool for use with UK healthcare employees, healthcare educators and healthcare students, to increase knowledge of workplace wellness as an important public health issue. A ‘Workplace Wellness’ e-learning tool was developed and peer-reviewed by 14 topic experts. This focused on six key areas relating to workplace wellness: work-related stress, musculoskeletal disorders, diet and nutrition, physical activity, smoking and alcohol consumption. Each key area provided current evidence-based information on causes and consequences, access to UK government reports and national statistics, and guidance on actions that could be taken to improve health within a workplace setting. 188 users (93.1% female, age 18–60) completed online knowledge questionnaires before (n = 188) and after (n = 88) exposure to the online learning tool. Baseline knowledge of workplace wellness was poor (n = 188; mean accuracy 47.6%, s.d. 11.94). Knowledge significantly improved from baseline to post-intervention (mean accuracy = 77.5%, s.d. 13.71) (t(75) = −14.801, p < 0.0005) with knowledge increases evident for all included topics areas. Usability evaluation showed that participants perceived the tool to be useful (96.4%), engaging (73.8%) and would recommend it to others (86.9%). Healthcare professionals, healthcare educators and pre-registered healthcare students held positive attitudes towards online learning, indicating scope for development of further online packages relating to other important health parameters.

Citation

Blake, H., & Gartshore, E. (2016). Workplace wellness using online learning tools in a healthcare setting. Nurse Education in Practice, 20, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2016.07.001

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 4, 2016
Online Publication Date Jul 14, 2016
Publication Date Sep 30, 2016
Deposit Date Nov 1, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 1, 2016
Journal Nurse Education in Practice
Print ISSN 1471-5953
Electronic ISSN 1873-5223
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 20
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2016.07.001
Keywords Workplace; Health promotion; E-learning; Education; Healthcare
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/38404
Publisher URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.nepr.2016.07.001
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0

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