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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 256-261

Health promotion in the workplace

Department of Family and Community Medicine, College of Medicine, University of Dammam, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

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Sultan T Al-Otaibi
University of Dammam, P. O. Box: 2208, Al-Khobar 31952
Saudi Arabia
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DOI: 10.4103/2468-6360.191906

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The objective of this review was to describe the scientific evidence for coordinating health promotion at the workplace and to discuss the required future research in this field. Literature review from March 1990 to November 2014 was performed. Using the keywords 'health, promotion, worksite and workplace', literature was searched in the following databases: Medline, PubMed and Google Scholar; with no time limit. There is emerging evidence that workplace health promotion enhances the effectiveness of effort to promote and protect workers' health. It proves both cost-effective and cost-beneficial to health promotion at the worksite and subsequently further reduces absenteeism. However, future research is needed to identify the impact of other factors such as age, gender and race on workers' exposure. There is also a need to develop valid tests to measure the outcome of these programmes at the workplace. Health promotion should be central to workplace planning and should be recognised as an integral part of proactive occupational health. Indeed, the workplace is viewed as one of the most popular venues for promoting health and preventing diseases among employees.

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