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Recruiting small businesses to an integrated workplace safety and smoking cessation intervention study

Monday, November 2, 2015

Lisa Brosseau, ScD, CIH, School of Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
Deborah Hennrikus, PhD, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Claudia Egelhoff, MSPH, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota, School of Public Health, Minneapolis, MN
Marc Katz, MPH, Division of Environmental Health, Minnesota Department of Health, St. Paul, MN
We aimed to recruit a representative sample of small manufacturing businesses (20-150 employees) for a group-randomized trial of an integrated workplace safety and smoking cessation program.  An initial sample was drawn from commercial databases, screened for duplicates or ineligibility and contacted.  Participating and non-participating businesses were compared on size, location and type.  Employee demographics of participating businesses were compared to a U.S. Census Bureau database of similar businesses.  From an initial sample of 2716 businesses, 328 were eligible. Participating companies were more likely to be larger (50-150 employees). Employees at participating companies were similar to employees in the Census Bureau dataset.  Considerable resources were required to identify eligible businesses; commercial databases are the best resource but may not be comprehensive or current.  Executive decision-makers were difficult to identify and reach.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Design occupational health intervention studies in small businesses Evaluate whether recruited businesses are representative of all eligible businesses Discuss limitations of current business databases

Keyword(s): Occupational Health and Safety, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I was a co-principal investigator with Dr. Hennrikus on the NIDA grant that supported this project. I am an expert in occupational health and safety interventions in small businesses.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.