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Lifestyle health promotion interventions for nurses

Effectiveness of lifestyle health promotion interventions for nurses: a systematic review

What we are doing:

We are undertaking a systematic review. The primary aim is to identify the efficacy of lifestyle health promotion interventions intended to improve behavioural health risk factors and/or behavioural or clinical outcomes of working-age nurses. The secondary aim is to identify the efficacy of these interventions in improving organisational outcomes.The protocol is registered in PROSPERO (CRD42018098642).

Electronic databases will be searched (using MeSH search terms) and references of relevant papers. Two reviewers will independently review and critique retrieved papers and extract data. Methodological features will be described using the CONSORT checklists; risk of bias will be assessed using the Cochrane Handbook classification. We will include randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and non-controlled designs that test an appropriate intervention. Participants will include working-age nurses. Findings will be summarised narratively, and service recommendations will be made.

Why we are doing it:

The government has called for immediate action to improve health of the NHS workforce, although nurses can be hard to reach often due to work-related barriers to accessing lifestyle intervention. We need to better understand which lifestyle interventions impact most positively on both individual outcomes (i.e. lifestyle behaviour; physical and mental health), and organisational outcomes (i.e. employee engagement, job satisfaction, sickness absence).

What the benefits will be:

Through conducting this systematic review, we aim to find out which lifestyle interventions are most effective for working-age nurses. The results of this review will allow us to generate recommendations for NHS workplace health programme leads, and will inform the development of services to support the health and wellbeing of nurses. 

Who we are working with:

The project is led by the University of Nottingham (Holly Blake). Collaborators include Mark E. Batt (Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust) and Kamlesh Khunti (University of Leicester). We will link to key local and national groups in the process of sharing our findings and developing service recommendations. We will also engage service users (NUH Trust health champions and nurses) in the design of our recommendations. 

Study lead:

Name: Dr Holly Blake

Role: Associate Professor of Behavioural Science

Organisation: University of Nottingham