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Evaluation of Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Policies (CFWPs) Interventions on the Health of Full-time Caregiver-Employees (CEs): Implementation and Cost-Benefit Analysis

STREAM 1: Caregiver Friendly Workplaces

Current Canadian evidence demonstrating the health benefits of caregiver-friendly workplace policies (CFWPs) is needed if Canadian employers are to adopt and integrate caregiver-friendly workplace policies (CFWPs) into the workplace. This study will apply and measure an intervention strategy in two workplaces to examine the impact on caregiver-employees (CEs) mental and physical health. This 3-year research project contains three related studies: (1) an intervention study specific to CEs health; (2) an economic analysis of the intervention, and; (3) an implementation analysis of the intervention.

It is expected that the benefits of the intervention will include improvements in caregiver-employees (CEs’) health, as well as evidence of the cost-effectiveness of implementing caregiver-friendly workplace policies (CFWPs) for the employer. The implementation analysis will provide strategies on how to better implement the caregiver-friendly workplace policy (CFWP) interventions in other workplace settings.

This research project has been funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), through an Operating Grant (2014-2107) MOP 137044.

Expandable List

Publications 

Ding, R., Dardas, T., Wang, L., Williams, A. (2021). “Improving the Workplace Experience of Caregiver-Employees: A Time-Series Analysis of a Workplace Intervention.” Safety and Health at Work, 12(13), pp.296-303. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2093791120303656

Dardas, A., Wang, L., and Williams, A. (2021). “Evaluating changes in workplace culture: Effectiveness of a caregiver-friendly workplace program in a public post-secondary educational institution”. PLOS ONE. https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0250978

Atanackovic, J., Williams, A., Tompa, E., Ireson, R., Yazdani, A. (2020). “Overcoming Recruitment Difficulties in Conducting Intervention Research with Carer-employees: Lessons Learned from a Research Study at a Canadian University”. SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine and Health. Overcoming Recruitment Difficulties in Conducting Intervention Research With Carer-Employees: Lessons Learned From a Research Study at a Canadian University – SAGE Research Methods (sagepub.com)

Ding, R., Dardas, A., Wang, L., & Williams, A. (2020). “Evaluation of Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program (CFWPs) Interventions on the Health of Full-Time Caregiver Employees (CEs): a Time Series Analysis of Intervention Effects.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 62(10). Evaluation of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program Interve… : Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (lww.com)

Ding, R., Dardas, A., Wang, L., & Williams, A. (2020). “Evaluation of Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program (CFWPs) Interventions on the Health of Full-Time Caregiver Employees (CEs): a Time Series Analysis of Intervention Effects.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 62(10). https://journals.lww.com/joem/Fulltext/2020/10000/Evaluation_of_a_Caregiver_Friendly_Workplace.19.aspx

A. Mofidi, E. Tompa, A. Williams, A. Yazdani, D. Lero, & S. B. Mortazavi. 2019. “Impact of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Policies Intervention Program in the Education Sector: A Prospective Economic Evaluation”. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. 61(6). Impact of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Policies Interventi… : Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (lww.com)

P. M. Smith, C. Cawley, A. Williams, & C. Mustard. 2019. “Male/Female Differences in the Impact of Caring for Elderly Relatives on Labor Market Attachments and Hours of Work: 1997-2015”. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B. gbz026, 1-11. doi: Male/Female Differences in the Impact of Caring for Elderly Relatives on Labor Market Attachment and Hours of Work: 1997–2015 | The Journals of Gerontology: Series B | Oxford Academic (oup.com)

A. Williams, E. Tompa, D. Lero, J. Fast, A. Yazdani & I. Zeytingolu. 2017. “Evaluation of Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Policy (CFWPs) Interventions on the Health of Full-Time Caregiver Employees (CEs): Implementation and Cost-Benefit Analysis”. BMC Public Health, 17(1), 728. doi: Evaluation of caregiver-friendly workplace policy (CFWPs) interventions on the health of full-time caregiver employees (CEs): implementation and cost-benefit analysis | BMC Public Health | Full Text (biomedcentral.com)

Presentations

Ding, A. Dardas, L. Wang, A. Williams. 2019. “Evaluation of a Carer-Friendly Workplace Program Intervention on the Health of Carer-Employees: A Time Series Analysis”. Oral. International Medical Geography Symposium. July 5, 2019. Queenston, New Zealand.

Williams, R. Ding, E. Tompa, A. Dardas. 2019. “CIHR Carer-Employee Project Knowledge Sharing with Partner: Human Resources Department”. Panel Presentation. Carer-Employees at Work. May 1, 2019. Hamilton, Ontario.

Ding, A. Dardas, L. Wang, A. Williams. 2019. “Evaluation of a Carer-Friendly Workplace Program Intervention on the Health of Carer-Employees: A Time Series Analysis”. Oral/Paper. GeoHealth Conference. April 30, 2019. Toronto, Ontario.

Dardas, R. Ding, L. Wang, A. Williams. 2018. “Evaluation of a caregiver-friendly workplace program (CFWP) intervention on the health of full-time caregiver employees (CEs): a time series analysis of intervention effects”. Poster. MIRA & Labarge Research Day. December 7, 2018. Hamilton, Ontario.

Dardas, R. Ding, L. Wang, A. Williams. 2018. “Improving Caregiver-Employee Health: A Time Series Analysis of the effectiveness of a Caregiver-Friendly Workplace Program Intervention”. Poster. MIRA & Labarge Research Day. December 7, 2018. Hamilton, Ontario.

Ding, A. Dardas, L. Wang, A. Williams. 2018. “Evaluation of a Carer-Friendly Workplace Program Intervention on the Health of Carer-Employees: A Time Series Analysis”. Oral. Canadian Association of Geographers – Ontario. October 20, 2018. Toronto, Ontario.

Ding, A. Williams. 2018. “Managing Carer-Employee Role Strain: Qualitative Perspectives on a Workplace Health Intervention”. Poster. McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA) & Labarge Research Day. October 12, 2018. Hamilton, Ontario.

Williams, E. Tompa, R. Ding, A. Dardas, A. Yazdani. 2018. “Caregiver-friendly Workplace Intervention Update with Research Partner: Human Resources Department”. Panel Presentation. Carer-Employees atWork. June 6, 2018. Hamilton, Ontario.

A Williams, J. Atanackovic, E. Tompa, A. Yandazi. 2016. “Caregiver-Employee Intervention Research in the Post-Secondary Educational Workplace:  Managing Work-Life Balance at McMaster University” Poster.   Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health.  October 16-18, 2016.  Toronto, Ontario.

Atanackovic, A. Williams, R. Ireson, A. Yazdani, E. Tompa.  2016.  “Overcoming Recruitment Difficulties in Conducting Intervention Research with Caregiver Employees:  Lessons Learned from a Research Study at McMaster Unviversity.”  Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health.  October 16-18, 2016.  Toronto, Ontario.