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Physical activity at work contributes little to patient care workers' weekly totals.

Authors
Umukoro-PE; Arias-OE; Stoffel-SD; Hopcia-K; Sorensen-G; Dennerlein-JT
Source
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Dec; 55(Suppl. 12S):S63-S68
NIOSHTIC No.
20043462
Abstract
Objective: To determine the number of minutes of moderate and vigorous physical activity at work in comparison to weekly total minutes in a pilot study of 50 hospital patient care workers. Methods: Workers wore accelerometers during work and nonwork hours for 7 days, and completed surveys at the end of the seventh day. Results: Although the participants reported on average 206 minutes of moderate activity at work, the accelerometers recorded on average 30 minutes of moderate activity at work. For the 7 days the accelerometers measured a total of 165 minutes of moderate activity. Self-reported fatigue and functional limitations were negatively correlated albeit weakly with measured minutes of vigorous activity outside of work. Conclusions: Physical activity at work on patient care units contributes a small fraction to these workers' weekly totals, and in turn meeting guidelines.
Keywords
Total-Worker-Health; Worker-health; Work-environment; Physical-exercise; Physical-fitness; Health-care; Health-programs; Health-protection; Occupational-health; Occupational-health-programs; Workplace-studies; Health-care-personnel; Health-surveys; Measurement-equipment
Contact
Jack T. Dennerlein, PhD, Northeastern University, 6 Robinson Hall, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
CODEN
JOEMFM
Publication Date
20131201
Document Type
Journal Article
Email Address
j.dennerlein@northeastern.edu
Funding Type
Cooperative Agreement
Fiscal Year
2014
NTIS Accession No.
NTIS Price
Identifying No.
Cooperative-Agreement-Number-U19-OH-008861; M122013
ISSN
1076-2752
Source Name
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
State
MA; IL
Performing Organization
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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