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Using an e-Health Intervention to Reduce Prolonged Sitting in UK Office Workers: A Randomised Acceptability and Feasibility Study

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Research Institute for Sport and Exercise Sciences, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK
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School of Science, Technology and Health, York St John University, York YO31 8TA, UK
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Unilever Foods Innovation Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Health Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK
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Active Work Laboratory, School of Education, University of Tasmania, Launceston 7250, Australia
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Department of Physiology, Radboud Institute for Health Sciences, Radboud University Medical Center, PO Box 9101, 6500 HB Nijmegen, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(23), 8942; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238942
Received: 24 August 2020 / Revised: 25 November 2020 / Accepted: 27 November 2020 / Published: 1 December 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sedentary Behaviour and Physical Activity in the Workplace)
Low-cost workplace interventions are required to reduce prolonged sitting in office workers as this may improve employees’ health and well-being. This study aimed to assess the acceptability and feasibility of an e-health intervention to reduce prolonged sitting among sedentary UK-based office workers. Secondary aims were to describe preliminary changes in employee health, mood and work productivity after using an e-health intervention. Healthy, university office workers (n = 14) completed this study. An 8 week randomised crossover design was used, consisting of two trials: Intervention (computer-based prompts) and Control. Eligibility and retention rates were recorded to assess the feasibility of the trial and interviews were conducted following the intervention to explore its acceptability. Sitting, standing and stepping were objectively assessed prior to and during week 8 of each trial. Before and after each trial, measurements of vascular function, cerebrovascular function, mood and work productivity were obtained. This study had eligibility and retention rates of 54.5% and 77.8%, respectively. Participants expressed a lack of autonomy and disruption to their workflow when using the e-health intervention, raising concerns over its acceptability and long-term implementation. Preliminary data indicate that the intervention may improve the patterning of activity accrued during work hours, with increases in the number of standing and stepping bouts completed, in addition to improving vascular function. This e-health intervention is feasible to deliver in a cohort of university office workers. However, adaptations to its implementation, such as personalised settings, are needed to increase acceptability before larger trials can be conducted. View Full-Text
Keywords: sedentary behaviour; workplace; prompts; cardiovascular health sedentary behaviour; workplace; prompts; cardiovascular health
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Carter, S.E.; Draijer, R.; Maxwell, J.D.; Morris, A.S.; Pedersen, S.J.; Graves, L.E.F.; Thijssen, D.H.J.; Hopkins, N.D. Using an e-Health Intervention to Reduce Prolonged Sitting in UK Office Workers: A Randomised Acceptability and Feasibility Study. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 8942. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238942

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Carter SE, Draijer R, Maxwell JD, Morris AS, Pedersen SJ, Graves LEF, Thijssen DHJ, Hopkins ND. Using an e-Health Intervention to Reduce Prolonged Sitting in UK Office Workers: A Randomised Acceptability and Feasibility Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(23):8942. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238942

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Carter, Sophie E., Richard Draijer, Joseph D. Maxwell, Abigail S. Morris, Scott J. Pedersen, Lee E. F. Graves, Dick H. J. Thijssen, and Nicola D. Hopkins. 2020. "Using an e-Health Intervention to Reduce Prolonged Sitting in UK Office Workers: A Randomised Acceptability and Feasibility Study" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 23: 8942. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17238942

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