The impact of a participatory organizational intervention on job stress in community health care institutions

Aslaug Mikkelsen, Per Øystein Saksvik, Paul Landsbergis

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The aim of the present study was to investigate the effect of a short-term participatory intervention in health care institutions in Norway on workers' control, other job characteristics, job stress, subjective health and job satisfaction. Participants (including managers and supervisors) were randomly allocated to intervention groups and to a control group. Actions to solve problems based on the employees' own perceptions of the main problems were seen as the key motivators for organizational improvement and increased control at the task and office level in the work situation. The main stressors identified by the participants in this study were lack of information, communication and respect between professions, as well as the need for professional and personal development. The participatory intervention had a positive, but limited effect on work-related stress, job characteristics, learning climate and management style, and seemed to have started a beneficial change process. There were no negative short-term effects on work-related stress and job demands. Organizational interventions may be a potential training ground for acquiring participatory skills and resources, and if sustained after the intervention period, they can have long-term effects on problem solving, job stress and employee satisfaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)156-170
Number of pages15
JournalWork and Stress
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Community health care
  • Occupational health
  • Organizational intervention
  • Participatory organizational intervention


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