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An integrated workplace mental health Intervention in a policing context: protocol for a cluster randomised control trial


LaMontagne, AD and Milner, AJ and Allisey, AF and Page, KM and Reavley, NJ and Martin, A and Tchernitskaia, I and Noblet, AJ and Purnell, LJ and Witt, K and Keegel, TG and Smith, PM, An integrated workplace mental health Intervention in a policing context: protocol for a cluster randomised control trial, BMC Psychiatry, 16, (1) Article 49. ISSN 1471-244X (2016) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]


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2016 LaMontagne et al. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1186/s12888-016-0741-9


In this paper, we present the protocol for a cluster-randomised trial to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of a workplace mental health intervention in the state-wide police department of the south-eastern Australian state of Victoria. n. The primary aims of the intervention are to improve psychosocial working conditions and mental health literacy, and secondarily to improve mental health and organisational outcomes. Methods/design The intervention was designed collaboratively with Victoria Police based on a mixed methods pilot study, and combines multi-session leadership coaching for the senior officers within stations (e.g., Sergeants, Senior Sergeants) with tailored mental health literacy training for lower and upper ranks. Intervention effectiveness will be evaluated using a two-arm cluster-randomised trial design, with 12 police stations randomly assigned to the intervention and 12 to the non-intervention/usual care control condition. Data will be collected from all police members in each station (estimated at >20 per station). Psychosocial working conditions (e.g., supervisory support, job control, job demands), mental health literacy (e.g., knowledge, confidence in assisting someone who may have a mental health problem), and mental health will be assessed using validated measures. Organisational outcomes will include organisational depression disclosure norms, organisational cynicism, and station-level sickness absence rates. The trial will be conducted following CONSORT guidelines. Identifying data will not be collected in order to protect participant privacy and to optimise participation, hence changes in primary and secondary outcomes will be assessed using a two-sample t-test comparing summary measures by arm, with weighting by cluster size. Discussion This intervention is novel in its integration of stressor-reduction and mental health literacy-enhancing strategies. Effectiveness will be rigorously evaluated, and if positive results are observed, the intervention will be adapted across Victoria Police (total employees ~16,500) as well as possibly in other policing contexts, both nationally and internationally. Trial registration Current Controlled Trials: ISRCTN82041334. Registered 24th July, 2014.

Item Details

Item Type:Contribution to Refereed Journal
Keywords:Workplace mental health; Job stress; Stress reduction; Mental health literacy; Cluster RCT; Intervention
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Health promotion
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:Martin, A (Professor Angela Martin)
ID Code:106959
Year Published:2016
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2016-02-27
Last Modified:2017-08-30
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