OBJECTIVE:: The objective of this study is to compare three methods of administering a sleep health program (SHP) in fire departments. METHODS:: An SHP, comprising sleep health education and screening for common sleep disorders, was implemented in eight fire departments using three approaches: expert-led, train-the-trainer, and online. Participation rates, knowledge assessments, surveys, and focus group interviews were analyzed to assess the reach and effectiveness of the methodologies. RESULTS:: The Expert-led SHP had the highest participation rate, greatest improvement in knowledge scores, and prompted more firefighters to seek clinical sleep disorder evaluations (41 ) than the other approaches (20 to 25 ). Forty-two percent of focus group participants reported changing their sleep behaviors. CONCLUSION:: All approaches yielded reasonable participation rates, but expert-led programs had the greatest reach and effectiveness in educating and screening firefighters for sleep disorders.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2016|
Barger, L. K., O'Brien, C. S., Rajaratnam, S. M. W., Qadri, S., Sullivan, J. P., Wang, W., Czeisler, C. A., & Lockley, S. W. (2016). Implementing a sleep health education and sleep disorders screening program in fire departments: A comparison of methodology. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58(6), 601-609. https://doi.org/10.1097/JOM.0000000000000709