Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for occupational stress: An intervention study on psychological symptoms and sickness absence.
Investigators: Dr Marzuki Isahak
  Dr. Azlan Darus
  Dr. Anselm Su Ting
  Dr Moy Foong Ming
Agency: University of Malaya
Amount: RM 17,620
Grant: PPP Grant
Reference number: PS175/2009B

Occupational stress has becoming an important entity to be tackled by Occupational Physician as its taking its toll on human lives and organizational effectiveness. University staff reported significantly higher levels of stress relating to work relationships, control, resources and communication and significantly lower level of commitment both from and to their organization. Physiological response to a threatening or difficult aspect of work and can be measured objectively with serum cortisol level. Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is a worksite-based program designed to assist work organizations in addressing productivity issues, and employee in identifying and resolving personal concerns, including, but not limited to, health, marital, family, financial, alcohol, drug, legal, emotional, stress, or other personal issues that may affect job performance. EAP for stress is specially designed to overcome occupational stress. The objective of this study is to determine the effectiveness of EAP for occupational stress in reduction psychological symptoms and sickness absence.


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