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Methods in Experimental Work Break Research: A Scoping Review

The number of studies on work breaks and the importance of this subject is growing rapidly, with research showing that work breaks increase employees' wellbeing and performance and workplace safety. However, comparing the results of work break research is difficult since the study designs and methods are heterogeneous and there is no standard theoretical model for work breaks. Based on a systematic literature search, this scoping review included a total of 93 studies on experimental work break research conducted over the last 30 years. This scoping review provides a first structured evaluation regarding the underlying theoretical framework, the variables investigated, and the measurement methods applied. Studies using a combination of measurement methods from the categories "self-report measures", "performance measures", and "physiological measures" are most common and to be preferred in work break research. This overview supplies important information for ergonomics researchers allowing them to design work break studies with a more structured and stronger theory-based approach. A standard theoretical model for work breaks is needed in order to further increase the comparability of studies in the field of experimental work break research in the future.

The complete article is published in the "International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health" (2019).

Bibliographic information

A. Scholz, J. Wendsche, A. Ghadiri, U. Singh, T. Peters, S. Schneider:
Methods in Experimental Work Break Research: A Scoping Review. 
in: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Volume 16, Issue 20 2019. pages 1-23, Project number: F 2431, PDF file, DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16203844

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Research Project

Project numberF 2431 StatusOngoing Project Recovery within and beyond the context of work - effects and design approaches in a changing world of work

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