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The effect of education on compliance to a workplace health and wellbeing intervention: closing the loop


Smith, L and Pedersen, S and Cooley, P, The effect of education on compliance to a workplace health and wellbeing intervention: closing the loop, Universal Journal of Public Health, 1, (3) pp. 97-102. ISSN 2331-8880 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.13189/ujph.2013.010308


Desk-based worksites are increasingly the focus of workplace health and wellbeing interventions. These interventions often utilize an educational session prior to participants engaging, yet limited studies have specifically examined the effect education has on compliance. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect pre-intervention participant education had on the odds of compliance to a passive e-health software program designed to increase non-exercise activity thermogenesis throughout the workday. Participants in the experimental group (n=46) were exposed to multifaceted pre-intervention participant education one day prior to initiating the e-health software intervention for an eight-week study period. The control group (n=33) also received the intervention for eight weeks, however these participants received no education prior to initiation. The e-health software had a self-report progress recording function, which recorded all logged movement entries to gain frequency counts of per day usage. The experimental group logged more active days, more movements per day and was significantly more compliant to the e-health software (OR=1.87, 95% CI = 1.56-2.24). A pre-intervention participant education session, coupled with a passive e-health software program, was an effective mechanism for decreasing prolonged employee sedentary periods and increasing movement throughout the workday.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:workplace health and wellbeing, pre-intervention participant education, prolonged sitting
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Preventative health care
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Evaluation of health and support services
Objective Field:Health education and promotion
UTAS Author:Smith, L (Mr Lachlan Smith)
UTAS Author:Pedersen, S (Dr Scott Pedersen)
UTAS Author:Cooley, P (Associate Professor Dean Cooley)
ID Code:87528
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2013-11-21
Last Modified:2014-07-29
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