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Increasing stair usage in a professional workplace: a test of the efficacy of positive and negative message prompts to change pedestrian choices

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Cooley, PD and Foley, SJ and Magnussen, CG, Increasing stair usage in a professional workplace: a test of the efficacy of positive and negative message prompts to change pedestrian choices, Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 19, (1) pp. 64-67. ISSN 1036-1073 (2008) [Refereed Article]

Abstract

Issue addressed: This study investigated the effectiveness of positive and negative-themed message prompts encouraging stair use at the point of choice between an elevator and stairwell in a professional workplace. Methods: A simple time series design using two control periods assessed the efficacy of positive and negative messages on the pedestrian choice between stairs and an elevator in a restricted-entry, four-story building. Traffic volume was restricted to employees. Their movements were measured at two sites within the building - ground floor access doors and stairwell entry - by small infrared motion-sensing devices (MSD) linked to incremental LCD counters. Results: A positive or negative poster prompt did not significantly modify employees' stair usage when compared with baseline levels. Odds ratios (OR) for stair usage in the workplace were OR=0.6, 95% CI=0.3-1.1 for the positive and OR=1.0 (95% CI=0.5-1.9) for the negative poster prompts.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Medical and Health Sciences
Research Group:Public Health and Health Services
Research Field:Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Health and Support Services
Objective Field:Health Education and Promotion
UTAS Author:Cooley, PD (Dr Dean Cooley)
UTAS Author:Foley, SJ (Ms Stella Foley)
UTAS Author:Magnussen, CG (Dr Costan Magnussen)
ID Code:53382
Year Published:2008
Web of Science® Times Cited:14
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2008-12-04
Last Modified:2009-04-25
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