This page contains information about Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Research and Development (R&D) Grant number EMW-2008-FP-02566. The content is useful for those in the fire service seeking information about to how to improve the safety and health of firefighters.
|Project Title:||National Firefighter Sleep Disorders Management Program: Translation to Practice|
|Organization:||The Brigham & Women's Hospital, Inc.|
|Principle Investigator:||Charles Czeisler, Ph.D, MD|
|Period of Performance:||08/21/2009 – 09/20/2012|
This project will extend a previously funded DHS/FEMA/AFG study entitled, 'A Comprehensive Firefighter Fatigue Management Program: Operation Healthy Sleep' (OHS) that aims to improve health, safety, and productivity of firefighters. Preliminary results indicate effectiveness, however, the program is labor-intensive, and is not a sustainable model for implementation nationally.
The aim of this proposed Research to Practice project is to evaluate the optimal dissemination strategy to provide OHS to firefighters nationally.
In addition to (1) the researcher-led model, the study will evaluate effectiveness with (2) 'train-the-trainer' (using existing Fire Department training teams), and (3) an entirely web-based version of the program. The effectiveness of the OHS program will be evaluated using program participation rate, knowledge gained on sleep health, and percentage of individuals who seek treatment following identification of being at high risk for a sleep disorder. Moreover, focus group interviews with stakeholders and cost benefit analyses will be conducted. Finally, acceptability, feasibility and sustainability of the OHS program will be evaluated using the RE-AIM (Reach, Effectiveness, Adoption, Implementation, and Maintenance) model.
Projected Results and Conclusions
Advantages and disadvantages of each approach will be considered and information will be provided to decision- and policy-makers.
The final target deliverable for this study is to produce a validated, cost-effective education, screening and treatment toolbox that will be demonstrably beneficial for improving the health and safety of firefighters nationwide.