Improving resiliency in healthcare employees

Brooke L. Werneburg, Sarah M. Jenkins, Jamie L. Friend, Bridget E. Berkland, Matthew M Clark, Jordan K. Rosedahl, Heather R. Preston, Denise C. Daniels, Beth A. Riley, Kerry D. Olsen, Amit Sood

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Objectives: The high prevalence of stress at the workplace has been well documented; however, few studies have investigated the efficacy of worksite resiliency programs. Therefore, the objective of this project was to examine the impact of a worksite resilience training program on improving resiliency and health behaviors in healthcare employees. Methods: Between 2012 and 2016, 137 adult wellness center members of a healthcare institution participating in a single-arm cohort study of a 12-week resiliency training program were assessed at baseline, end of intervention, and at 3-month follow-up. Results: Statistically significant (p ≤ .01) improvements were seen at the end of the intervention and extending to 3 months follow-up for resiliency, perceived stress, anxiety level, quality of life, and health behaviors. Conclusions: These results support the premise that worksite programs designed to improve resiliency in healthcare employees have efficacy in improving resiliency, quality of life and health behaviors. Given the importance of stress and burnout in healthcare employees, future randomized studies are warranted to determine more clearly the impacts of this type of resiliency intervention for improving the wellness of healthcare workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-50
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Journal of Health Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • Burnout
  • Healthcare employees
  • Resilience
  • Stress
  • Worksite wellness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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