Protecting the mental health of small-to-medium enterprise owners: A randomized control trial evaluating a self-administered versus telephone supported intervention

Martin, Angela, Kilpatrick, Michelle, Scott, Jenn, Cocker, Fiona, Dawkins, Sarah, Brough, Paula and Sanderson, Kristy ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3132-2745 (2020) Protecting the mental health of small-to-medium enterprise owners: A randomized control trial evaluating a self-administered versus telephone supported intervention. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 62 (7). pp. 503-510. ISSN 1076-2752

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: Small-medium enterprises (SMEs) are under-represented in occupational health research. Owner/managers face mental ill-health risks/exacerbating factors including financial stress and long working hours. This study assessed the effectiveness of a workplace mental health and wellbeing intervention specifically for SME owner/managers. METHODS: Two hundred ninety seven owner/managers of SMEs were recruited and invited to complete a baseline survey assessing their mental health and wellbeing and were then randomly allocated to one of three intervention groups: (1) self-administered, (2) self-administered plus telephone, or (3) an active control condition. After a four-month intervention period they were followed up with a second survey. RESULTS: Intention to treat analyses showed a significant decrease in psychological distress for both the active control and the telephone facilitated intervention groups, with the telephone group demonstrating a greater ratio of change. CONCLUSION: The provision of telephone support for self-administered interventions in this context appears warranted.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: sdg 3 - good health and well-being,sdg 9 - industry, innovation, and infrastructure ,/dk/atira/pure/sustainabledevelopmentgoals/good_health_and_well_being
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 14 May 2020 00:07
Last Modified: 22 Oct 2022 06:09
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/75144
DOI: 10.1097/JOM.0000000000001882

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