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Physical activity at work contributes little to patient care workers' weekly totals.
Umukoro PE; Arias OE; Stoffel SD; Hopcia K; Sorensen G; Dennerlein JT
J Occup Environ Med 2013 Dec; 55(Suppl 12S):S63-S68
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.
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
Jack T. Dennerlein, PhD, Northeastern University, 6 Robinson Hall, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts
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