A mixed methods evaluation of a digital intervention to improve sedentary behaviour across multiple workplace settings

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Macdonald, Bradley, Gibson, Ann-Marie, Janssen, Xanne and Kirk, Alison. (2020). A mixed methods evaluation of a digital intervention to improve sedentary behaviour across multiple workplace settings. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 17(12), p. Article 4538. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124538
AuthorsMacdonald, Bradley, Gibson, Ann-Marie, Janssen, Xanne and Kirk, Alison
Abstract

Background: Prolonged sedentary behaviour (SB) is associated with risk of chronic diseases. Digital interventions in SB require mixed method evaluations to understand potential for impact in real-world settings. In this study, the RE-AIM QuEST evaluation framework will be used to understand the potential of a digital health promotion application which targets reducing and breaking up SB across multiple workplace settings. Methods: Four companies and 80 employees were recruited to use a digital application. Questionnaires were used to measure SB, and additional health and work-related outcomes at baseline, one month, three month and six month follow-up. Qualitative data was collected through focus groups with employees and interviews with stakeholders. Questionnaire data was analysed using Wilcoxon Sign Rank tests and qualitative data was thematically analysed. Results: The digital application significantly increased standing time at one month for the total group and transitions per hour in one of the companies. Facilitators and barriers were identified across RE-AIM. Conclusions: Addressing the barriers which have been identified, while maintaining the positive attributes will be critical to producing an effective digital application which also has the potential for impact in the real world.

KeywordsRE-AIM; sitting time; office workers; process evaluation; workplace health
Year2020
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Journal citation17 (12), p. Article 4538
PublisherMultidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI AG)
ISSN1661-7827
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17124538
PubMed ID32599730
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85086992190
PubMed Central IDPMC7344978
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Accepted20 Jun 2020
Deposited23 Aug 2022
ARC Funded ResearchThis output has been funded, wholly or partially, under the Australian Research Council Act 2001
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