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Recruitment and retention challenges of a mental health promotion intervention targeting small and medium enterprises


Martin, A and Kilpatrick, ML and Cocker, FM and Sanderson, Kristy and Scott, JL and Brough, P, Recruitment and retention challenges of a mental health promotion intervention targeting small and medium enterprises, Derailed Organizational Stress and Wellbeing Interventions: Confessions of failure and solutions for success, Springer, M Karanika-Murray & C Biron (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 191-200. ISBN 978-94-017-9866-2 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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Copyright 2015 Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

DOI: doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9867-9_22


© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2015. As a common but understudied work setting, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have been identifi ed as a sector needing ‘special’ or ‘urgent’ attention in relation to occupational health research and practice (Cocker et al., Int J Mental Health Promot 1"18, 2013; Lindstrom, Social Prevent Med, 2004). However, they are known to be particularly challenging to engage in research, with owner/managers’ citing a lack of time to participate and a limited budget to implement programs (Eakin et al., Health Promot Pract 2(2):172"181, 2001). This chapter aims to highlight challenges associated with conducting occupational health intervention research with SMEs in relation to a specifi c mental health promotion intervention study, the Business in Mind Project. We focus on obstacles encountered in recruiting and retaining participants and propose related strategies to advance future research in this challenging but vital setting. Before discussing issues in study implementation, we provide a brief overview of the study but direct readers seeking a detailed account of the project rationale and design to the study protocol (Martin et al., BMC Public Health 9(239), 2009).

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Strategy, management and organisational behaviour
Research Field:Organisational behaviour
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Work and labour market not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
UTAS Author:Kilpatrick, ML (Dr Michelle Kilpatrick)
UTAS Author:Sanderson, Kristy (Associate Professor Kristy Sanderson)
UTAS Author:Scott, JL (Professor Jenn Scott)
ID Code:93427
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2014-08-01
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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