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Sedentary Behavior and Musculoskeletal Discomfort Are Reduced When Office Workers Trial an Activity-Based Work Environment

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of an activity-based work (ABW) office environment on physical activity and sedentary behavior, work ability, and musculoskeletal discomfort.

    Methods: Eighty-eight office workers trialed ABW for 4 weeks. Accelerometer and self-reported outcomes were measured at baseline, end-intervention, and follow-up. Data were analyzed using linear mixed models.

    Results: Accelerometry measured sedentary time; sedentary breaks and step count did not significantly change from baseline to end-intervention (P = 0.13, 0.09, 0.18, respectively). Self-reported sitting-time was 14% lower, with standing-time and walking 11% and 3% higher in ABW than baseline (P < 0.01 for all). Low back pain was lower in ABW than baseline (odds ratio 2.0, 95% confidence interval 1.1 to 3.7). Work ability reduced from 8.4 to 7.8 points (P < 0.01) at follow-up.

    Conclusions: ABW environment appears to reduce self-reported sedentary behavior and low back pain and increase standing time.

UOW Authors


  •   Foley, Bridget (external author)
  •   Engelen, Karolina (external author)
  •   Gale, Joanne (external author)
  •   Bauman, Adrian E. (external author)
  •   Mackey, Martin (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Foley, B., Engelen, L., Gale, J., Bauman, A. & Mackey, M. (2016). Sedentary Behavior and Musculoskeletal Discomfort Are Reduced When Office Workers Trial an Activity-Based Work Environment. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58 (9), 924-931.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3865

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 924

End Page


  • 931

Volume


  • 58

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • Objective: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of an activity-based work (ABW) office environment on physical activity and sedentary behavior, work ability, and musculoskeletal discomfort.

    Methods: Eighty-eight office workers trialed ABW for 4 weeks. Accelerometer and self-reported outcomes were measured at baseline, end-intervention, and follow-up. Data were analyzed using linear mixed models.

    Results: Accelerometry measured sedentary time; sedentary breaks and step count did not significantly change from baseline to end-intervention (P = 0.13, 0.09, 0.18, respectively). Self-reported sitting-time was 14% lower, with standing-time and walking 11% and 3% higher in ABW than baseline (P < 0.01 for all). Low back pain was lower in ABW than baseline (odds ratio 2.0, 95% confidence interval 1.1 to 3.7). Work ability reduced from 8.4 to 7.8 points (P < 0.01) at follow-up.

    Conclusions: ABW environment appears to reduce self-reported sedentary behavior and low back pain and increase standing time.

UOW Authors


  •   Foley, Bridget (external author)
  •   Engelen, Karolina (external author)
  •   Gale, Joanne (external author)
  •   Bauman, Adrian E. (external author)
  •   Mackey, Martin (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2016

Citation


  • Foley, B., Engelen, L., Gale, J., Bauman, A. & Mackey, M. (2016). Sedentary Behavior and Musculoskeletal Discomfort Are Reduced When Office Workers Trial an Activity-Based Work Environment. Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 58 (9), 924-931.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/3865

Number Of Pages


  • 7

Start Page


  • 924

End Page


  • 931

Volume


  • 58

Issue


  • 9

Place Of Publication


  • United States