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Developing and pre-test of a questionnaire-based indicator instrument for health resources
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The project was carried out in Germany, Fraunhofer Institut Arbeitswirtschaft und Organisation/Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering (Fraunhofer IAO), Stuttgart. The main focus in this survey is being placed on the changing types of work and risks, as well as new health concepts and health promotion strategies, placing emphasis on psycho-mental and psycho-social aspects of office type work and addressing the needs of management for appropriate evaluation instruments. The main objective of this study was to develop a questionnaire-based indicator instrument, which applies theoretical health concepts (polar health model, salutogenesis approach) to the occupational world. By means of a pre-test, the validity and comprehension was checked, in order to identify potential problems and make improvements. Therefore, the hypothesis of this study states, that the polar health model supported by the salutogenesis health concept can be applied as an indicator, primary for office type work, providing valid and relevant information for management. The developed questionnaire-based indicator instrument was pre-tested with 34 subjects. For data analysis SPSS and Microsoft Excel were used, as well as comments of subjects and questionnaire experts. Results of the pre-test indicated, that the questionnaire is able to translate qualitative data into quantitative indicators, providing relevant information for management, which can be used for improvement of working conditions in terms of macro-ergonomic factors. According to the obtained results and comments of subjects, there were some problems with the response scale of the questionnaire. Only two possibilities were provided (YES, NO), therefore, the subjects found it difficult to make the choice between extremes. Some questions were found to have a relatively high missing answer rate, therefore, these questions have to be checked for comprehension problems. Furthermore, some of the questions had low variance in answer categories, therefore suggestive nature of these questions should be checked. Correlation tests did not reveal any pair of strongly associated polar fields of health resources, having similar answers for all five questions, which could be assumed to have similar contexts and combined to one. The data obtained from the pre-test, as well as improvement suggestions are going to be used in the doctoral research. After improvements and possibly more pre-tests the developed questionnaire-based indicator should be implemented for the practical use as a management instrument.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001.
Keyword [en]
Technology, macro-ergonomics, ergonomics, salutogenesis, polar health, model, situational health resources, personal health, resources, indicators, questionnaire
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Teknik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-42210ISRN: LTU-EX--01/121--SELocal ID: 0422b7f0-33e6-4555-8dda-886abc442e0dOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-42210DiVA: diva2:1015427
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
Ergonomics, master's level
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Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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