Workplace health promotion in health care settings in Finland, Latvia, and Lithuania

Laima Bulotaitė, Dovilė Šorytė, Sigita Vičaitė, Rasa Šidagytė, Svetlana Lakiša, Ivars Vanadziņš, Lāsma Kozlova, Maija Eglīte, Leila Hopsu, Anne Salmi, Jaana Lerssi-Uskelin

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Background and objective Health care workers (HCWs) have a great background to promote their health – not only their professional knowledge on health but often also special equipment in their work environment. However, it is unclear if HCWs can use such infrastructure to promote their own health as well as what is their motivation to change their own lifestyles. Thus, the aim of the article was to describe workplace health promotion (WHP) situation in health care settings in Finland, Latvia, and Lithuania. Materials and methods A questionnaire survey of 357 workers from health care sector in three European countries was conducted. Participants were asked to indicate various WHP activities/facilities/programs organized at their workplaces, WHP needs, opportunities to initiate changes related to the healthiness of their workplaces, and readiness to change their lifestyles. Results Participants from three European countries differed in their WHP needs and in their responses on various activities/facilities/programs implemented at the institutions. Workers from Finnish institutions had the greatest opportunities to make initiatives relevant to their workplaces’ healthiness, while Lithuanian workers were least provided with such opportunities. Furthermore, the results showed that there were differences of readiness to change among the workers from the three countries. Conclusions HCWs recognized various WHP activities, facilities and programs organized at their workplaces; however, their needs were notably higher than the situation reported. WHP situation differed among the three European countries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)348-356
Number of pages9
JournalMedicina (Lithuania)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2017


  • Health care workers
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Stage of change
  • Workplace health promotion

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 1.1. Scientific article indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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