A Behavioral Intervention to Improve Work Outcomes
This research has been designed to learn whether getting regular and specific feedback about work performance with small rewards for meeting goals helps people to improve their job performance and leads to better work outcomes, improved mental functioning, and better quality of life
This study is designed to test whether systematic work performance feedback with weekly goal setting, combined with small rewards given for goal achievement, leads to improved vocational, health, and quality of life outcomes for veterans enrolled in the various work service programs at this medical center. The long-term goal of this project is to determine the effectiveness of these interventions at this medical center and to use this experience for a multi-site cooperative study proposal.
Research Design and Methods: One hundred and fifty subjects accepted into work services at this medical center will be randomly assigned to one of two conditions: Work Feedback with Small Rewards, or Usual Services. In the Work Feedback with Small Rewards condition, participants attend a weekly workers meeting where they receive specific feedback based upon the Work Behavior Inventory and set weekly goals. They also receive small rewards for goal achievement that equal $10 per month. Participants in the Usual Services condition do not get specific work feedback but receive all the usual work services normally provided. They also receive $10 per month for active participation. Assessments include baseline evaluations of mental and physical health, social function, cognitive function, and quality of life. Evaluations of mental health, quality of life, and job satisfaction will occur at two months and four months. Six-month and twelve month evaluations will repeat the baseline assessment. Outcome measures will include biweekly work performance assessments, vocational outcomes, mental and physical health status, social and cognitive function, and quality of life
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment
Goal setting and work feedback group
VA Connecticut Health Care System (West Haven)
Department of Veterans Affairs
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00333658
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
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Use of all social work processes in the treatment of patients in a psychiatric or mental health setting.
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Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental Disorders
Categorical classification of MENTAL DISORDERS based on criteria sets with defining features. It is produced by the American Psychiatric Association. (DSM-IV, page xxii)
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