Advanced search
1 file | 452.10 KB

Acceptability and feasibility of potential intervention strategies for influencing sedentary time at work : focus group interviews in executives and employees

Author
Organization
Abstract
Background: Occupational sitting can be the largest contributor to overall daily sitting time in white-collar workers. With adverse health effects in adults, intervention strategies to influence sedentary time on a working day are needed. Therefore, the present aim was to examine employees’ and executives’ reflections on occupational sitting and to examine the potential acceptability and feasibility of intervention strategies to reduce and interrupt sedentary time on a working day. Methods: Seven focus groups (four among employees, n = 34; three among executives, n = 21) were conducted in a convenience sample of three different companies in Flanders (Belgium), using a semi-structured questioning route in five themes [personal sitting patterns; intervention strategies during working hours, (lunch) breaks, commuting; and intervention approach]. The audiotaped interviews were verbatim transcribed, followed by a qualitative inductive content analysis in NVivo 10. Results: The majority of participants recognized they spend their working day mostly sitting and associated this mainly with musculoskeletal health problems. Participants suggested a variety of possible strategies, primarily for working hours (standing during phone calls/meetings, PC reminders, increasing bathroom use by drinking more water, active sitting furniture, standing desks, rearranging the office) and (lunch) breaks (physical activity, movement breaks, standing tables). However, several barriers were reported, including productivity concerns, impracticality, awkwardness of standing, and the habitual nature of sitting. Facilitating factors were raising awareness, providing alternatives for simply standing, making some strategies obligatory and workers taking some personal responsibility. Conclusions: There are some strategies targeting sedentary time on a working day that are perceived to be realistic and useful. However several barriers emerged, which future trials and practical initiatives should take into account.
Keywords
Occupational sitting, QUALITATIVE CONTENT-ANALYSIS, Reducing and interrupting sedentary time, Interviews, Worksite, TELEVISION VIEWING TIME, ALL-CAUSE MORTALITY, PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY, SITTING TIME, HEALTH-RISKS, LIFE-STYLE, BEHAVIOR, ADULTS, ASSOCIATIONS

Downloads

  • de cocker acceptability and feasibility of potential intervention strategies.pdf
    • full text
    • |
    • open access
    • |
    • PDF
    • |
    • 452.10 KB

Citation

Please use this url to cite or link to this publication:

Chicago
De Cocker, Katrien, Charlene Veldeman, Dirk De Bacquer, Lutgart Braeckman, Neville Owen, Greet Cardon, and Ilse De Bourdeaudhuij. 2015. “Acceptability and Feasibility of Potential Intervention Strategies for Influencing Sedentary Time at Work : Focus Group Interviews in Executives and Employees.” International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity 15.
APA
De Cocker, K., Veldeman, C., De Bacquer, D., Braeckman, L., Owen, N., Cardon, G., & De Bourdeaudhuij, I. (2015). Acceptability and feasibility of potential intervention strategies for influencing sedentary time at work : focus group interviews in executives and employees. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, 15.
Vancouver
1.
De Cocker K, Veldeman C, De Bacquer D, Braeckman L, Owen N, Cardon G, et al. Acceptability and feasibility of potential intervention strategies for influencing sedentary time at work : focus group interviews in executives and employees. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. 2015;15.
MLA
De Cocker, Katrien, Charlene Veldeman, Dirk De Bacquer, et al. “Acceptability and Feasibility of Potential Intervention Strategies for Influencing Sedentary Time at Work : Focus Group Interviews in Executives and Employees.” INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY 15 (2015): n. pag. Print.
@article{8581560,
  abstract     = {Background: Occupational sitting can be the largest contributor to overall daily sitting time in white-collar workers. With adverse health effects in adults, intervention strategies to influence sedentary time on a working day are needed. Therefore, the present aim was to examine employees{\textquoteright} and executives{\textquoteright} reflections on occupational sitting and to examine the potential acceptability and feasibility of intervention strategies to reduce and interrupt sedentary time on a working day.
Methods: Seven focus groups (four among employees, n = 34; three among executives, n = 21) were conducted in a convenience sample of three different companies in Flanders (Belgium), using a semi-structured questioning route in five themes [personal sitting patterns; intervention strategies during working hours, (lunch) breaks, commuting; and intervention approach]. The audiotaped interviews were verbatim transcribed, followed by a qualitative inductive content analysis in NVivo 10.
Results: The majority of participants recognized they spend their working day mostly sitting and associated this mainly with musculoskeletal health problems. Participants suggested a variety of possible strategies, primarily for working hours (standing during phone calls/meetings, PC reminders, increasing bathroom use by drinking more water, active sitting furniture, standing desks, rearranging the office) and (lunch) breaks (physical activity, movement breaks, standing tables). However, several barriers were reported, including productivity concerns, impracticality, awkwardness of standing, and the habitual nature of sitting. Facilitating factors were raising awareness, providing alternatives for simply standing, making some strategies obligatory and workers taking some personal responsibility.
Conclusions: There are some strategies targeting sedentary time on a working day that are perceived to be realistic and useful. However several barriers emerged, which future trials and practical initiatives should take into account.},
  articleno    = {22},
  author       = {De Cocker, Katrien and Veldeman, Charlene and De Bacquer, Dirk and Braeckman, Lutgart and Owen, Neville and Cardon, Greet and De Bourdeaudhuij, Ilse},
  issn         = {1479-5868},
  journal      = {INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BEHAVIORAL NUTRITION AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY},
  keyword      = {Occupational sitting,QUALITATIVE CONTENT-ANALYSIS,Reducing and interrupting sedentary time,Interviews,Worksite,TELEVISION VIEWING TIME,ALL-CAUSE MORTALITY,PHYSICAL-ACTIVITY,SITTING TIME,HEALTH-RISKS,LIFE-STYLE,BEHAVIOR,ADULTS,ASSOCIATIONS},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {11},
  title        = {Acceptability and feasibility of potential intervention strategies for influencing sedentary time at work : focus group interviews in executives and employees},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12966-015-0177-5},
  volume       = {15},
  year         = {2015},
}

Altmetric
View in Altmetric
Web of Science
Times cited: