Workplace physical activity interventions: a systematic review

Dugdill, L, Brettle, A ORCID:, 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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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
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: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Applied Research in Health, Welfare and Policy
Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences 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: 16 Feb 2022 09:15

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