Tuesday Keynote Address: Why do the same interventions impact different populations in different ways?
Tuesday September 30
09:00 - 10:00
Conventional wisdom posits that an RCT is the gold standard for presented evidence on effectiveness and, thus, the expected health gain when applied in a professional practice. This paradigm must be challenged when considering return to work interventions, since external validity problems may seriously jeopardize generalizability. Workers’ characteristics will certainly vary across occupational populations. What will work in one country with specific legislation and policies may not work necessarily in another country. This keynote will present evidence how population characteristics and social context will impact effectiveness and discuss strategies how we can use this information to move towards more personalized prevention.
Alex Burdorf was trained as an occupational hygienist and epidemiologist at the University Wageningen in The Netherlands. After his move to the Department of Public Health at Erasmus University Rotterdam, he started projects in occupational health, including etiological studies on musculoskeletal complaints, respiratory disorders, and reproductive disorders as well as various intervention studies, eg ergonomic improvements in the workplace and workplace health promotion programmes. He is currently as full professor responsible for the research programme “Determinants of Public Health” with research groups on social epidemiology, health-related behaviours, and occupational health. His current interest is the interrelationship between health and work performance and participation, including work ability, productivity at work, and workplace health promotion. He has co-authored over 250 international publications.