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Workplace physical activity interventions: a systematic review

Dugdill, L, Brettle, A, Hulme, C, McCluskey, S and Long, AF 2008, 'Workplace physical activity interventions: a systematic review' , International Journal of Workplace Health Management, 1 (1) , pp. 20-40.

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    Abstract

    Purpose – This paper aims to report a synopsis of a recent systematic review of the literature regarding the effectiveness of workplace physical activity interventions, commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). Design/methodology/approach – A search for English-language papers published between 1996 and 2007 was conducted using 12 relevant databases and associated grey literature. Search protocols and analysis regarding study quality as recommended by NICE were utilised. Key inclusion criteria were, workplace intervention aiming to increase physical activity, intervention aimed at working adults, intervention initiated/endorsed by the employer, physical activity outcome. Thirty-three studies (38 papers) met the inclusion criteria and were independently reviewed (checked by two reviewers) with a narrative synthesis of findings. Findings – Fourteen studies were graded as high quality or good quality. Evidence from previous systematic reviews was inconclusive. Data regarding the effectiveness of stair walking interventions was limited and intervention effects were short-lived. Three public sector studies provided evidence that workplace walking interventions using pedometers can increase daily step counts. One good quality study reported a positive intervention effect on walking to work behaviour (active travel) in economically advantaged female employees. There was strong evidence that workplace counselling influenced physical activity behaviour. There is a dearth of evidence for small and medium enterprises. Research limitations/implications – Due to the necessary UK focus and time constraints, only studies from Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Canada were included. Originality/value – The paper shows that there is a growing evidence base that workplace physical activity interventions can positively influence physical activity behaviour.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Workplace, Cost effectiveness, Personal health
    Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
    Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
    Subjects outside of the University Themes
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Health Sciences > Centre for Health Sciences Research
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
    Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Workplace Health Management
    Publisher: Emerald
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1753-8351
    Depositing User: Users 29196 not found.
    Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2010 11:03
    Last Modified: 07 Jul 2014 11:33
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/3127

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