Methods and impact of health screening for hospital staff

Susan Michie, Marie Johnston, A Cockroft, C Ellinghouse, C Gooch

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This study examines: (1) the impact of two methods of giving screening results on health behaviour and beliefs, evaluated in a randomized controlled trial. (2) The association between uptake of screening and health risk behaviours and beliefs.

Two methods of feedback of screening results were given: simple informational feedback, and more extensive feedback, including target-setting and a written contract. At six month follow-up, those who received simple informational feedback had lost less weight and had increased their exercise less than those who received more extensive feedback.

Attenders believed more strongly in the relationship between lifestyle and health, perceived themselves as less healthy than others and scored higher on the GHQ than staff who did not attend for screening. These results suggest that belief in the effectiveness of lifestyle change in promoting health, and anxiety about health, can influence uptake of screening. Second, the method of presenting screening results can influence the impact of screening on subsequent behaviour change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Organizational Behavior
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1995


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