André N. H. Weel

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OBJECTIVE To assess barriers and facilitators to implementation of an occupational health guideline aimed at preventing weight gain. METHODS Barriers and facilitators to implementation were assessed among 14 occupational physicians (OPs) and employers and analyzed following a systematic approach using Atlas.ti. RESULTS Barriers and facilitators(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effectiveness of a draft occupational health practice guideline aimed at preventing weight gain on employees' physical activity, sedentary behaviour and dietary behaviour and on body weight-related outcomes. METHODS A randomised controlled trial was performed comparing guideline-based care to usual care among 16 occupational(More)
BACKGROUND Occupational health professionals may play an important role in preventive health promotion activities for employees. However, due to a lack of knowledge and evidence- and practice based methods and strategies, interventions are hardly being implemented by occupational physicians to date. The aim of the Balance@Work project is to develop,(More)
BACKGROUND General practitioners (GPs) and occupational health physicians (OHPs) would like to improve their collaboration. This could be achieved through a joint vocational training programme. OBJECTIVE To assess the social-psychological effects of a joint training programme for GP and OHP trainees for the improvement of interprofessional collaboration.(More)
In this article we present an example of our method for instrument development. This method is called the Development Cycle. It consists of four main stages: (1) defining the requirements for an instrument; (2) research, design and pilot testing; (3) implementation and (4) evaluation. An application of the Development Cycle was realized within a project for(More)
OBJECTIVES Occupational health service (OHS) for small-scale enterprises (SSEs) is still limited in many countries. Both Japan and the Netherlands have universal OHS systems for all employees. The objective of this survey was to examine the activities of occupational physicians (OPs) in the two countries for SSEs and to investigate their proposals for the(More)
In some respects, the Dutch seem to be forerunners in Europe. Occupational health care for all workers can be considered as a substantial progress. Nonetheless, The Netherlands has taken the lead in Europe regarding high work pressure, sickness absence and disability for work. The resulting focus on sickness absence management in many companies is(More)
From a general policy of quality improvement, the regional Occupational Health Centre Eastern Gelderland has developed a method of company health care based on the particular demands and needs of companies. A procedure of care "made to measure' based on company and work characteristics was designed. For one year, an experiment was carried out in seven(More)