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J Occup Health year 2000 volume 42 number 2 page 96 - 104
Classification Field Study
Title Impact of Health Professionals on Health Promotion Activities in Japanese Worksites
Author Tomohiro HIRAO1, Fumihiko JITSUNARI1, Fumiyuki ASAKAWA2, Shigeru SUNA1, Takako KITAMADO1, Ichiro FUKUNAGA1, Noriaki TAKEDA3 and Hiroshi KAGEYAMA4
Organization 1Department of Hygiene & Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Kagawa Medical University,
2Colledge of Liberal Arts and Science, Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts,
3Department of Medical Systems Management, Faculty of Medicine, Kagawa Medical University and
4Kagawa Occupational Health Promotion Center
Keywords Health promotion, Workplace, Health manpower, Occupational physician, Health supervisor, Occupational health nurse
Correspondence T. Hirao, Department of Hygiene & Public health, Faculty of Medicine, Kagawa Medical University, Kagawa 761-0793, Japan
Abstract Impact of Health Professionals on Health Promotion Activities in Japanese Worksites: Tomohiro HIRAO, et al. Department of Hygiene & Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Kagawa Medical University-We tried to assess the impact of health staff on health promotion activities in Japanese worksites. We surveyed all worksites with 50 or more employees in Kagawa Prefecture, western Japan through self-administered questionnaires. We constructed a general linear model that contained three health professions, occupational physicians, health supervisors and occupational health nurses, which are common in the Japanese workplace as co-regressors, and fourteen health promotion activities as dependent variables. The impact of occupational physicians was small. The impact of health supervisors was considered high in workplace defined activities. The impact of occupational health nurses was considered high in person-to-person services and life-style related activities. Through assessing the impact, the strengths and weaknesses of each health professional were clarified.