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Iterative development of Stand Up Australia : a multi-component intervention to reduce workplace sitting

Neuhaus, Maike, Healy, Genevieve N., Fjeldsoe, Brianna S., Lawler, Sheleigh, Owen, Neville, Dunstan, David W., LaMontagne, Anthony D. and Eakin, Elizabeth G. 2014, Iterative development of Stand Up Australia : a multi-component intervention to reduce workplace sitting, International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity, vol. 11, no. 21, pp. 1-11, doi: 10.1186/1479-5868-11-21.

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Title Iterative development of Stand Up Australia : a multi-component intervention to reduce workplace sitting
Author(s) Neuhaus, Maike
Healy, Genevieve N.
Fjeldsoe, Brianna S.
Lawler, Sheleigh
Owen, Neville
Dunstan, David W.
LaMontagne, Anthony D.ORCID iD for LaMontagne, Anthony D. orcid.org/0000-0002-5811-5906
Eakin, Elizabeth G.
Journal name International journal of behavioral nutrition and physical activity
Volume number 11
Issue number 21
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher BioMed Central
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2014
ISSN 1479-5868
Keyword(s) Intervention development
Sedentary behaviour
Sitting time
Sit-stand
Physical activity
Postural transitions
Workplace
Workplace intervention
Office workers
Height-adjustable workstations
Summary Sitting, particularly in prolonged, unbroken bouts, is widespread within the office workplace, yet few interventions have addressed this newly-identified health risk behaviour. This paper describes the iterative development process and resulting intervention procedures for the Stand Up Australia research program focusing on a multi-component workplace intervention to reduce sitting time. The development of Stand Up Australia followed three phases. 1) Conceptualisation: Stand Up Australia was based on social cognitive theory and social ecological model components. These were operationalised via a taxonomy of intervention strategies and designed to target multiple levels of influence including: organisational structures (e.g. via management consultation), the physical work environment (via provision of height-adjustable workstations), and individual employees (e.g. via face-to-face coaching). 2) Formative research: Intervention components were separately tested for their feasibility and acceptability. 3) Pilot studies: Stand Up Comcare tested the integrated intervention elements in a controlled pilot study examining efficacy, feasibility and acceptability. Stand Up UQ examined the additional value of the organisational- and individual-level components over height-adjustable workstations only in a three-arm controlled trial. In both pilot studies, office workers’ sitting time was measured objectively using activPAL3 devices and the intervention was refined based on qualitative feedback from managers and employees. Results and feedback from participants and managers involved in the intervention development phases suggest high efficacy, acceptance, and feasibility of all intervention components. The final version of the Stand Up Australia intervention includes strategies at the organisational (senior management consultation, representatives consultation workshop, team champions, staff information and brainstorming session with information booklet, and supportive emails from managers to staff), environmental (height-adjustable workstations), and individual level (face-to-face coaching session and telephone support). Stand Up Australia is currently being evaluated in the context of a cluster-randomised controlled trial at the Department of Human Services (DHS) in Melbourne, Australia. Stand Up Australia is an evidence-guided and systematically developed workplace intervention targeting reductions in office workers’ sitting time.
Language eng
DOI 10.1186/1479-5868-11-21
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2014, BioMed Central
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Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30065787

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Health and Social Development
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