Study protocol for a qualitative research project exploring an occupational health surveillance model for workers exposed to hand-intensive work

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The objective of this study protocol is to describe the development of a process model for occupational health surveillance for workers exposed to hand-intensive work (the HIW-model), and to describe the studies that will explore the model. The studies are designed to: (1) explore stakeholders’ experiences of the model, and (2) explore if, and how, the model affects actions for reduction of exposure to hand-intensive work. The study protocol presents a research project that is described as two studies. The first study will explore company representatives’ and ergonomists’ experiences of the execution of the HIW-model and its various components concerning feasibility and values. Semi-structured interviews will constitute the data source. The second study will explore whether the execution of the HIW-model leads to work environmental changes, such as actions for reduction of exposure to hand-intensive work, and whether these potential actions are based on the ergonomist’s feedback of the exposure assessment and the medical health checks. A mixed method approach will be applied, in which the data sources will be comprised of semistructured interviews, questionnaires, and documents. The project is expected to generate knowledge regarding the values of the HIW-model. The project is anticipated to shed light on factors that facilitate or impede execution of the model from the different stakeholders’ perspectives; the employer’s as having the legal responsibility for the work environment, and the occupational health service consultants’, being the work environment experts supporting the employers.


  • Kristina Eliasson
  • Peter Palm
  • Catarina Nordander
  • Gunilla Dahlgren
  • Charlotte Lewis
  • Therese Hellman
  • Magnus Svartengren
  • Teresia Nyman
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Uppsala University Hospital
  • Umeå University

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Miljömedicin och yrkesmedicin


Sidor (från-till)1-13
Antal sidor13
TidskriftInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Utgåva nummer17
StatusPublished - 2020 sep 1
Peer review utfördJa