Picking low hanging fruit–A scoping review of work environment related interventions in the home care sector

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T1 - Picking low hanging fruit–A scoping review of work environment related interventions in the home care sector

AU - Rydenfält, Christofer

AU - Holgersson, Charlotte

AU - Östlund, Britt

AU - Arvidsson, Inger

AU - Johansson, Gerd

AU - Persson, Roger

PY - 2020

Y1 - 2020

N2 - Home care for elderly people is an important part of the social welfare system. The sector employs many people, especially women, and work environment issues are common. This review explores the scientific literature on organizational interventions that target the home care work environment. Altogether, 16 studies of varying quality met the inclusion criteria. The interventions identified involved organizational change, education and training, digitalization and scheduling. Many interventions were concerned with changing specific behaviors or with introducing new technology rather than tackling complex issues such as sick leave, stress or gender inequality. Employee participation increased the likelihood of success.

AB - Home care for elderly people is an important part of the social welfare system. The sector employs many people, especially women, and work environment issues are common. This review explores the scientific literature on organizational interventions that target the home care work environment. Altogether, 16 studies of varying quality met the inclusion criteria. The interventions identified involved organizational change, education and training, digitalization and scheduling. Many interventions were concerned with changing specific behaviors or with introducing new technology rather than tackling complex issues such as sick leave, stress or gender inequality. Employee participation increased the likelihood of success.

KW - gender

KW - Home care

KW - interventions

KW - organizational change

KW - work environment

U2 - 10.1080/01621424.2020.1772936

DO - 10.1080/01621424.2020.1772936

M3 - Review article

C2 - 32538305

AN - SCOPUS:85087031844

VL - 39

SP - 223

EP - 237

JO - Home Health Care Services Quarterly

JF - Home Health Care Services Quarterly

SN - 0162-1424

IS - 4

ER -