Universal Journal of Public Health Vol. 1(3), pp. 97 - 102
DOI: 10.13189/ujph.2013.010308
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The Effect of Education on Compliance to a Workplace Health and Wellbeing Intervention: Closing the Loop


Lachlan Smith*, Scott Pedersen, Dean Cooley
University of Tasmania, Faculty of Education, Active Work Laboratory, Launceston, 7248, TAS, Australia

ABSTRACT

Desk-based worksites are increasingly the focus of workplace health and wellbeing interventions. These interventions often utilize an educational session prior to participants engaging, yet limited studies have specifically examined the effect education has on compliance. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect pre-intervention participant education had on the odds of compliance to a passive e-health software program designed to increase non-exercise activity thermogenesis throughout the workday. Participants in the experimental group (n=46) were exposed to multifaceted pre-intervention participant education one day prior to initiating the e-health software intervention for an eight-week study period. The control group (n=33) also received the intervention for eight weeks, however these participants received no education prior to initiation. The e-health software had a self-report progress recording function, which recorded all logged movement entries to gain frequency counts of per day usage. The experimental group logged more active days, more movements per day and was significantly more compliant to the e-health software (OR=1.87, 95% CI = 1.56-2.24). A pre-intervention participant education session, coupled with a passive e-health software program, was an effective mechanism for decreasing prolonged employee sedentary periods and increasing movement throughout the workday.

KEYWORDS
Workplace Health and Wellbeing, Pre-Intervention Participant Education, Prolonged Sitting

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Lachlan Smith , Scott Pedersen , Dean Cooley (2013). The Effect of Education on Compliance to a Workplace Health and Wellbeing Intervention: Closing the Loop. Universal Journal of Public Health, 1 , 97 - 102. doi: 10.13189/ujph.2013.010308.