Essay on Kuala Lumpar Article Critique

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Article Critique: The results of a worksite health promotion programme in Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia.


The research article entitled “The results of a worksite health promotion program in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia” discusses the impact of a worksite health promotion programme on serum cholesterol and dietary changes among employees over a 2 year period in a city in Malaysia. The study is aimed at analysing the success of such a health promotion program and if it is an effective channel for health promotion for the future.
According to the study forty percent of the Malaysian population are employed, but chronic illness is a significant economic burden (Statistics Department, 2004, Ministry of Health, 2002). Therefore the work
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The intervention group also reported a reduction in the amount of cigarettes smoked.

However, Kemm, (2005) argues that if one method is effective in one setting it is assumed to be effective in another. The subject group within this study is a risk averse community but this outcome may have the opposite effect on a risk-tolerant one. The income also of the subject group should also be taken into account as altering the outcome to low or higher income groups will produce entirely different results (Kemm, 2005).

The study was successful to conclude that ‘the worksite was shown to be an effective channel for health promotion’. Over the period of two years of the study, the researchers had hoped that behaviour change among the subjects would broaden to their peers at the workplace through diffusion, therefore having a positive impact on healthier lifestyle behaviours among the workers. Conversely Green and Tones (1999) refers to the ‘adoption of evaluation techniques that have their origins in clinical practice’ including if whether the subjects were compliant and adhered to the study’s guidelines over a two year period, it was also noted that the subjects did not volunteer to the study but were chosen due to their anthropometric and biochemical measurements, which brings into question a form of passive manipulation on the researchers part towards the subjects as they had failed on their baseline measurements and

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