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Empowerment training

A randomised controlled trial finds that ‘empowerment training’ to support workers with chronic physical disease increased ‘self-efficacy’ (belief about one’s capabilities) in the ability to solve both work- and disease-related problems after a two-year follow-up. It also decreased fatigue symptoms. However, there was no significant effect on job satisfaction or job maintenance (which remained high in both the intervention and control groups). Participants, who were all experiencing problems at work, were randomised into either a training programme that focussed on solving work-related problems, or to a control group.

Scandinavian Journal of Work Environment & Health 2011; online first: doi:10.5271/sjweh.3149. http://goo.gl/UomCD

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Occupational Health at Work April/May 2011 (vol. 07/6) pp49