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The effect of tailored e-mails in the workplace. Part I. Stage movement toward increased physical activity levels.

Authors
Yap-TL; Davis-LS; Gates-DM; Hemmings-AB; Pan-W
Source
AAOHN J 2009 Jul; 57(7):267-273
NIOSHTIC No.
20035752
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the impact tailored e-mail messages, based on participants' identified needs, have on intentional physical activity. A quasi-experimental design (two groups, repeated measures) in a population of manufacturing workers (73 employees from two distribution plants of a multi-national manufacturer) was used. Significant differences were found between contemplation-staged participants in the intervention and the comparison groups. In the intervention group, 53.3% of the workers moved forward, as opposed to 19.2% in the comparison group (medium effect size = 0.353). Although both the intervention group and the comparison group increased their number of steps, the comparison group's improvement was most likely attributed to a Hawthorne effect. These results are highly promising given the small sample size and limited "dose". The intervention is one most industries could feasibly implement. Such efforts have the potential to significantly impact public health.
Keywords
Manual-materials-handling; Occupational-health; Occupational-psychology; Psychological-responses; Physiological-effects; Physiological-response; Physiology; Public-health; Statistical-analysis; Work-environment; Work-performance; Work-practices; Work-analysis; Work-environment; Work-operations; Work-organization; Work-practices; Worker-health; Workplace-monitoring; Workplace-studies
Contact
NIOSH Educational Research Center, College of Nursing, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
CODEN
AAJOEP
Publication Date
20090701
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2009
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008432
Issue of Publication
7
ISSN
0891-0162
Source Name
AAOHN Journal - American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal
State
OH
Performing Organization
University of Cincinnati
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