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A brief intervention to increase physical activity in sedentary working women.

Authors
Purath-J; Miller-AM; McCabe-G; Wilbur-J
Source
Can J Nurs Res 2004 Mar; 36(1):76-91
NIOSHTIC No.
20039557
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to determine whether a brief, tailored counselling intervention is effective for increasing physical activity in sedentary women when delivered in the workplace. This prospective randomized trial used a brief intervention based on the Transtheoretical Model. The intervention group received health screening, a brief intervention, and, 2 weeks later, a booster telephone call from a nurse practitioner. The intervention was tailored to each woman's reported exercise behaviour. The 134 women randomized to the intervention were compared with 153 women in a control group who received health counselling not tailored to their exercise behaviour and no telephone call. Six weeks later, the intervention group, when compared to baseline, had significantly improved their physical activity, increasing their amount of weekend physical activity as well as minutes walked for exercise, on errands, total walking, and total daily blocks walked. When compared to controls, they showed significantly greater gains. This test of a brief, tailored strategy provides a critical contribution to the search for efficient, effective ways for nurses to deliver workplace health promotion interventions.
Keywords
Humans; Women; Health-care; Age-groups; Physical-exercise; Physical-fitness; Models; Psychological-factors; Physiological-factors; Nursing; Questionnaires; Epidemiology; Statistical-analysis; Author Keywords: physical activity; brief intervention; nursing-managed centre; tailoring; transtheoretical model
CODEN
CJNRE3
Publication Date
20040301
Document Type
Journal Article
Funding Type
Grant
Fiscal Year
2004
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Grant-Number-T42-OH-008672
Issue of Publication
1
ISSN
0844-5621
Source Name
The Canadian Journal of Nursing Research
State
IL
Performing Organization
University of Illinois-Chicago
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