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Geuskens, G. (author), van den Heuvel, S. (author), Oude Hengel, K. (author), Koopmans, L. (author), van der Meer, L. (author), Niks, R. (author), van der Zwaan, L. (author), Bouwhuis, S. (author), Petricheva, V. (author), de Vroome, E.M.M. (author), Bongers, P. (author), de Wind, A. (author), Leijten, F. (author), Blatter, B. (author)
What is STREAM? STREAM is a longitudinal study with annual measurements among persons aged 45- 64 in the Netherlands. Participants fill in an online questionnaire on topics such as: health, work, knowledge and skills, social circumstances, and financial situation. More than 12,000 employees, 1,000 self-employed persons, and 2,000 non-employed...
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Oude Hengel, K.M. (author), Bosmans, J.E. (author), van Dongen, J.M. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author)
Background: To prolong sustainable healthy working lives of construction workers, a prevention program was developed which aimed to improve the health and work ability of construction workers. The objective of this study was to analyze the cost-effectiveness and financial return from the employers' perspective of this program. Methods: A total...
article 2014
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de Wind, A. (author), Geuskens, G.A. (author), Ybema, J.F. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), Burdorf, A. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author)
Objectives This study aimed to investigate the relative contribution of health, job characteristics, skills and knowledge, and social and financial factors to the transition from work to (non-disability) early retirement. Methods Employees aged 59–63 years (N=2317) were selected from the Study on Transitions in Employment, Ability and Motivation...
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Ybema, J.F. (author), Geuskens, G.A. (author), van den Heuvel, S.G. (author), de Wind, A. (author), Leijten, F.R.M. (author), Jolings, C. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), Burdorf, A. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author)
The objective of the Study on Transitions in Employment, Ability and Motivation (STREAM) is to acquire knowledge on determinants of transitions in employment and work productivity among persons aged 45-64 years. Research Framework: A research framework was developed, in which transitions in employment (e.g. leaving the workforce, entering the...
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Oude Hengel, K.M. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), van der Molen, H.F. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author)
Objective This study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of a prevention program on work ability, health, and sick leave targeted at construction worksites. Methods A total of 15 departments (N=297 workers) from 6 construction companies participated in this cluster randomized controlled trial and were randomly allocated to the intervention (8...
article 2013
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de Wind, A. (author), Geuskens, G.A. (author), Ybema, J.F. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), Burdorf, A. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author)
Objectives The aim of this study was to investigate the relative contribution of health, job characteristics, skills and knowledge, social factors, and financial factors to the transition from work to early retirement. Methods Employees aged 59–63 years (N=2317) were selected from the Study on Transitions in Employment, Ability and Motivation ...
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Oude Hengel, K.M. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author)
In dit artikel wordt een samenvatting gegeven van het proefschrift dat Karen Oude Hengel op 8 maart 2013 heeft verdedigd aan de Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. De belangrijkste doelstellingen van het proefschrift zijn het identificeren van factoren die de duurzame inzetbaarheid van werknemers in de bouw bevorderen en het ontwikkelen en evalueren...
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Huysmans, M.A. (author), IJmker, S. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), Knol, D.L. (author), van Mechelen, W. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author)
Purpose: To identify the risk factors for the onset of arm-wrist-hand and neck-shoulder symptoms among office workers and to estimate the relative contribution of these risk factors by calculating Population Attributable Fractions (PAFs). Methods: A prospective cohort study was conducted among 1951 office workers with a follow-up duration of 2...
article 2012
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Oude Hengel, K. (author), Bosmans, J. (author), Bongers, P. (author), van der Beek, A. (author), Blatter, B. (author)
public lecture 2012
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Oude Hengel, K.M. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), Geuskens, G.A. (author), Koppes, L.L.J. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author)
Objectives: The working population is aging and a shortage of workers is expected in the construction industry. As a consequence, it is considered necessary that construction workers extend their working life. The purpose of this study was to explore factors associated with construction workers' ability and willingness to continue working until...
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Oude Hengel, K.M. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), Joling, C.I. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author)
Background: To prolong sustainable healthy working lives of construction workers, a worksite prevention program was developed which aimed to improve the health and work ability of construction workers. The aim of the current study was to investigate the effectiveness of this program on social support at work, work engagement, physical workload...
article 2012
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Oude Hengel, K. (author), Blatter, B. (author), Geuskens, G. (author), Koppes, L. (author), Bongers, P. (author)
Objectives: Because of the ageing and decreasing working population in the construction industry, it is important to encourage workers to prolong their working life. The objective of this study was to explore factors associated with the ability and motivation to continue working until the age of 65 years in construction workers. Methods: In...
public lecture 2011
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IJmker, S. (author), Huysmans, M.A. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author), Knol, D.L. (author), van Mechelen, W. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author)
Objectives: In both science and media, the adverse effects of a long duration of computer use at work on musculoskeletal health have long been debated. Until recently, the duration of computer use was mainly measured by self-reports, and studies using more objective measures, such as software-recorded computer duration, were lacking. The...
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Oude Hengel, K. (author), Blatter, B. (author), Geuskens, G. (author), Koppes, L. (author), Bongers, P. (author)
Objectives: Because of the ageing and decreasing working population in the construction industry, it is important to encourage workers to prolong their working life. The objective of this study was to explore factors associated with the ability and motivation to continue working until the age of 65 years in construction workers. Methods: In...
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Oude Hengel, K.M. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), van der Molen, H.F. (author), Joling, C.I. (author), Proper, K.I. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author)
Objective: To evaluate the process of a prevention program among construction workers. Methods: The program consisted of training sessions of a physical therapist and an empowerment trainer, and a Rest-Break Tool. Data on seven process items were collected by means of questionnaires and interviews. Results: Recruiting construction companies to...
article 2011
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Oude Hengel, K. (author), Blatter, B. (author), Geuskens, G. (author), Koppes, L. (author), Bongers, P. (author)
public lecture 2011
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TNO Kwaliteit van Leven (author), Speklé, E.M. (author), Hoozemans, M.J. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), Heinrich, J. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author), Knol, D.L. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van Dieën, J.H. (author)
Background. Arm, shoulder and neck symptoms are very prevalent among computer workers. In an attempt to reduce these symptoms, a large occupational health service in the Netherlands developed a preventive programme on exposure to risk factors, prevalence of arm, shoulder and neck symptoms, and sick leave in computer workers. The purpose of this...
article 2010
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TNO Kwaliteit van Leven (author), Oude Hengel, K.M. (author), Joling, C.I. (author), Proper, K.I. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author)
Background. A worksite prevention program was developed to promote the work ability of construction workers and thereby prolong a healthy working life. The objective of this paper is to present the design of a randomized controlled trial evaluating the effectiveness of that intervention program compared with usual care for construction workers....
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IJmker, S. (author), Mikkers, J. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author), van Mechelen, W. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), TNO Kwaliteit van Leven (author)
Introduction: "Ergonomic" questionnaires are widely used in epidemiological field studies to study the association between workstation characteristics, work posture and musculoskeletal disorders among office workers. Findings have been inconsistent regarding the putative adverse effect of work postures. Underestimation of the true association...
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Spekle, E.M. (author), Hoozemans, M.J.M. (author), van der Beek, A.J. (author), Blatter, B.M. (author), Bongers, P.M. (author), van Dieen, J.H. (author), TNO Kwaliteit van Leven (author)
The aim of this study was to test the test-retest reliability and concurrent validity of 15 questions on the ergonomic aspects of the computer workstation. These questions are part of a newly developed user-friendly and comprehensive questionnaire, the RSI QuickScan, that would be easy to use in an occupational health setting and that would be...
conference paper 2008
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