Methodological Challenges and Solutions When Conducting a Multicenter, Online, Randomized Controlled Trial of Brain Training Within a Public Service Organization

Catherine A. Borness, Judith G. Proudfoot, Michael J. Valenzuela

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Abstract

Field-based intervention studies of workers' cognitive capacities, mental well-being, and performance-based productivity are rare in the literature and notoriously difficult to implement. Here, the authors critically examine their experience while conducting a randomized controlled trial of Internet-based brain training within a large multisite Australian national public service organization. In particular, the authors discuss the methodological challenges faced during the recruitment, assessment, and follow-up stages of this research, as well as issues related to the logistical and organizational dynamics of a real-world workplace. Moreover, the authors detail their responses and potential solutions to these challenges and hence provide recommendations for future field research in organizational settings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)272-288
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Workplace Behavioral Health
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • brain training
  • cognition
  • organizational research
  • productivity
  • well-being

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