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A Cluster-Randomised Crossover Pilot Feasibility Study of a Multicomponent Intervention to Reduce Occupational Sedentary Behaviour in Professional Male Employees

Public Health & Primary Care, Institute of Population Health, Trinity College Dublin, Russell Centre, Tallaght Cross, D24 DH74 Dublin, Ireland
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(17), 9292; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18179292
Received: 27 July 2021 / Revised: 27 August 2021 / Accepted: 30 August 2021 / Published: 2 September 2021
Professional male office employees have been identified as those most at risk of prolonged sedentary time, which is associated with many long-term adverse health conditions. The aim of the study was to assess the acceptability and feasibility of a gender-sensitive multicomponent intervention, guided by the socio-ecological model, to reduce occupational sedentary behaviour by increasing physical activity in professional men. The main elements of the intervention comprised: a Garmin watch with associated web-based platform/smartphone application, an under-desk pedal machine, and management participation and support. A cluster-randomised crossover pilot feasibility trial recruiting professional males was conducted in two workplaces. Mixed methods were used to assess the primary outcomes of recruitment, retention, and acceptability and feasibility of the intervention. Secondary outcomes included objectively measured sedentary behaviour, standing and physical activity. Focus groups were used to explore the acceptability of the intervention in a real-world setting. Twenty-two participants were recruited (mean age 42.9 years (SD 11.0)). Recruitment and retention rates were 73.3% and 95%, respectively. Overall, participants found the intervention acceptable and feasible, and expressed enjoyment of the intervention, however desk set-up issues with the pedal devices were noted. The manual recording of the pedalling bouts was overly burdensome. Preliminary data indicate that the intervention may reduce occupational sedentary behaviour and increase physical activity. This intervention should be further tested in a definitive trial following consideration of the findings of this pilot feasibility trial. View Full-Text
Keywords: sedentary behaviour; multicomponent intervention; workplace; socio-ecological model; males sedentary behaviour; multicomponent intervention; workplace; socio-ecological model; males
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Nicolson, G.H.; Hayes, C.B.; Darker, C.D. A Cluster-Randomised Crossover Pilot Feasibility Study of a Multicomponent Intervention to Reduce Occupational Sedentary Behaviour in Professional Male Employees. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 9292. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18179292

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Nicolson GH, Hayes CB, Darker CD. A Cluster-Randomised Crossover Pilot Feasibility Study of a Multicomponent Intervention to Reduce Occupational Sedentary Behaviour in Professional Male Employees. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(17):9292. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18179292

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Nicolson, Gail H., Catherine B. Hayes, and Catherine D. Darker 2021. "A Cluster-Randomised Crossover Pilot Feasibility Study of a Multicomponent Intervention to Reduce Occupational Sedentary Behaviour in Professional Male Employees" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 17: 9292. https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/ijerph18179292

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