An evidence-based approach to improving the quality of resource-oriented well-being interventions at work

Rob B. Briner, Neil D. Walshe

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Although there is much research on the links between work and well-being, there is relatively little good-quality research on resource-based or other interventions such as more traditional stress management and job redesign. This paper provides guidance about how to improve the quality of intervention research. First, drawing on the logic of interventions and principles of evidence-based practice, we take the example of a relatively simple resource-oriented intervention to identify 11 key characteristics that we would expect to see in an evidence-based intervention of this type. These characteristics and their underlying principles can be used to evaluate the quality of existing intervention studies and guide the design of future interventions. Second, we discuss an evidence-based approach to reporting the process and the outcomes of interventions. Providing only limited information about an intervention means that it is difficult to replicate or use that method in practice. We describe a checklist developed in a more mature evidence-based field (medicine) that can be used to ensure that sufficient intervention details are reported. Next, we discuss the importance of reporting all the outcomes of all interventions. Last, we consider the ways in which this approach to improving interventions is not only important scientifically and practically but also ethically.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-586
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology
Issue number3
Early online date25 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 25 Jul 2015


  • Evidence-based management
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Guidelines
  • Interventions
  • Reporting guidelines
  • Research ethics
  • Stress
  • Work and well-being
  • Work and well-being interventions
  • Work reources


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