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

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Martin, A and Kilpatrick, M and Scott, J and Cocker, F and Dawkins, S and Brough, P and Sanderson, K, 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 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1097/JOM.0000000000001882

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 hours. This study assessed the effectiveness of a mental health intervention specifically for SME owner/managers.

Methods: 297 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 Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:mental health, small business, intervention, mental health intervention, randomized control trial, small business, small-medium enterprises
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Human resources and industrial relations
Research Field:Occupational and workplace health and safety
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, M (Dr Michelle Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Scott, J (Professor Jenn Scott)
UTAS Author:Cocker, F (Dr Fiona Cocker)
UTAS Author:Dawkins, S (Dr Sarah Dawkins)
ID Code:138944
Year Published:2020
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (LP0990010)
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2020-05-13
Last Modified:2020-08-03
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