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Implementing a sleep health education and sleep disorders screening program in fire departments

Barger, L.K., O'Brien, C.S., Rajaratnam, S.M.W., Qadri, S., Sullivan, J.P., Wang, W., Czeisler, C.A. and Lockley, S.W. (2016) Implementing a sleep health education and sleep disorders screening program in fire departments Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58 (6). pp. 601-609.

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Objective: The objective of this study is to compare three methods of administering a sleep health program (SHP) in fire departments. Methods: An SHP, comprising sleep health education and screening for common sleep disorders, was implemented in eight fire departments using three approaches: expert-led, train-the-trainer, and online. Participation rates, knowledge assessments, surveys, and focus group interviews were analyzed to assess the reach and effectiveness of the methodologies. Results: The Expert-led SHP had the highest participation rate, greatest improvement in knowledge scores, and prompted more firefighters to seek clinical sleep disorder evaluations (41%) than the other approaches (20 to 25%). Forty-two percent of focus group participants reported changing their sleep behaviors. Conclusion: All approaches yielded reasonable participation rates, but expert-led programs had the greatest reach and effectiveness in educating and screening firefighters for sleep disorders. © Copyright 2016 American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Item Type: Article
Authors :
Barger, L.K.
O'Brien, C.S.
Rajaratnam, S.M.W.
Qadri, S.
Sullivan, J.P.
Wang, W.
Czeisler, C.A.
Date : 2016
DOI : 10.1097/JOM.0000000000000709
Uncontrolled Keywords : adult, Article, comparative study, confidentiality, fatigue, female, fire fighter, health care cost, health education, health program, health survey, human, International Classification of Sleep Disorders, interpersonal communication, lifestyle modification, major clinical study, male, program impact, risk management, sleep, sleep disorder, sleep health program, sleep medicine, health promotion, information processing, middle aged, occupational health service, procedures, program evaluation, sleep, sleep disorder, young adult, Adult, Female, Firefighters, Focus Groups, Health Promotion, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Occupational Health Services, Program Evaluation, Sleep, Sleep Wake Disorders, Young Adult
Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 17 Jun 2020 01:09
Last Modified : 17 Jun 2020 01:09

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