Our scope

Occupational health interventions

The group accepts for review any topic that relates to the effectiveness of occupational health interventions. These are interventions that aim at improving the following occupational health outcomes: exposure at work to agents adverse to health, working behaviour adverse to health, occupational and work-related diseases or disorders, occupational disability or sick leave, occupational injuries and health promotion at the workplace. These interventions can be labeled prevention, treatment, management or rehabilitation.

Because many occupational health interventions are difficult to randomise, we accept all trials that include a concurrent control group as well as interrupted time-series designs as evidence of effectiveness. The decision to include non-randomised studies will be made on a case-by-case basis and will be based on the feasibility of randomisation for that particular intervention.

Since many of the topics within our scope are also included in the scope of other review groups, we will not pursue a topic without first consulting the Review Group(s) which we expect to have an equal interest in the topic.

Other questions

Although the Cochrane Collaboration is geared towards answering questions about effectiveness of interventions and accuracy of diagnostic tests, our Review Group is also interested in and has some experience of addressing also etiological and prognostic questions. So, if you want to find answers to questions like "What factors contribute to the development of {a particular occupational health problem}?" or "Given the existence of {some specific risk factors}, how likely is it that a particular patient develops {a particular occupational health problem}?" then write to our Co-Ed Jos verbeek at jos.verbeek@ttl.fi and we can see if we can make an interesting project.