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A cluster RCT to improve workplace mental health in a policing context: Findings of a mixed-methods implementation evaluation

LaMontagne, AD, Martin, AJ ORCID: 0000-0003-0109-1218, Page, KM, Papas, A, Reavley, NJ, Noblet, AJ, Milner, AJ, Keegel, T, Allisey, A, Witt, K and Smith, PM 2021 , 'A cluster RCT to improve workplace mental health in a policing context: Findings of a mixed-methods implementation evaluation' , American Journal of Industrial Medicine, vol. 64 , 283–295 , doi: 10.1002/ajim.23217.

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Abstract

Background: We conducted a cluster randomized trial of a workplace mental health intervention in an Australian police department. The intervention was co-designed and co-implemented with the police department. Intervention elements included tailored mental health literacy training for all members of participating police stations, and a leadership development and coaching program for station leaders. This study presents the results of a mixed-methods implementation evaluation of the trial.Methods: Descriptive quantitative analyses characterized the extent of participation in intervention activities, complemented by a qualitative descriptive analysis of transcripts of 60 semistructured interviews with 53 persons and research team field notes.Results: Participation rates in the multicomponent leadership development activities were highly variable, ranging from Conclusions: Implementation fell far short of expectations. The identified barriers and facilitators should be considered in the design and implementation of similar workplace mental health interventions.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:LaMontagne, AD and Martin, AJ and Page, KM and Papas, A and Reavley, NJ and Noblet, AJ and Milner, AJ and Keegel, T and Allisey, A and Witt, K and Smith, PM
Keywords: evaluation, implementation, intervention, job stressor, mental health, mixed methods, police, process, stress, trial
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Industrial Medicine
Publisher: Wiley-Liss
ISSN: 0271-3586
DOI / ID Number: 10.1002/ajim.23217
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