Nurses' Foot Health and Work Well-being

2017-04-18 05:53:21 | BioPortfolio


This study supports and promotes work well-being of nursing personnel from the perspective of foot health in health care organizations. Half of the participants will receive an electronic foot health education program to improve their foot self-care knowledge, while the other will receive anything. The outcomes of this project include recommendations and tested educational program to occupational health care for improving foot health of nurses.


An electronic Foot Health Promoting Program (FHPP) will be tested with nurses using quasi-experimental study design.

The participants will be assigned to experimental (N=130) and comparison (N=130) groups. The experimental group will receive an electronic intervention (Foot Health Promotion Program) for 8 weeks consisting of foot self-care guidance (skin and nail self-care), foot exercises, foot stretching and professional footwear guidance. Detailed components of the intervention will be produced on the bases of survey (part 1) results. The intervention (Figure 3) will be electronic via internet (Moodle platform) where a material package of foot health care will be delivered. Each participant will receive a user account to platform. The platform is divided into four main themes all related to foot health. Each theme consists of two topics of foot health. Each topic includes lectures (delivered via Adobe Presenter) and self-directed learning where participant will go through a list of links to websites (will be evaluated with certain criteria beforehand) and watch videos about foot self-care. In addition, the learning will be evaluated using four individual tasks related to foot self-care. By responding to task a participant will receive an example of the correct answer and using that he/she can evaluate own response and learn by that. Participants' use of different links (quantity) and their paths in the intervention platform will be calculated and analysed. The participants will be tested before the intervention (baseline) and one month (follow-up 1) and four (follow-up 2) months after the intervention. The primary outcome is foot health knowledge and secondary outcomes are foot health, musculoskeletal problems, work ability, health-related quality of life and work satisfaction. Hypothesis is: Increasing nurses' knowledge about foot health will improve their foot health and work ability. Ultimate goal is to develop tools for the occupational health care and improve the attention paid to feet as part of the work ability among nurses.

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Foot Health Promoting Program


University of Turku




University of Turku

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