Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
15/12/2011
Date assigned
12/01/2012
Last edited
29/08/2014
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Background and study aims
The purpose of this study is to evaluate a 6-month intervention to promote office employees’ walking using pedometers and e-mail messages.

Who can participate?
Office-based worksites and their employees are recruited to the study. Insufficiently physically active employees are selected for participation with a questionnaire.

What does the study involve?
Eligible employees are randomly allocated to one of two groups: either the pedometer group or the comparison group. The pedometer group participates in one group meeting and uses a pedometer and a logbook to monitor and set goals for increasing steps. In addition, pedometer group receives one email message per month from the occupational health care unit providing encouragement and tips for increasing the steps. The participants work towards increasing their steps during working and non-working time. Although moderate-intensity walking is emphasized the participants choose their own ways of increasing the steps. During the 6-month intervention the comparison group only completes the follow-up questionnaires, which will be delivered to all the participants at 2, 6 and 12 months. After the intervention the comparison group receives pedometers and the same information as the pedometer group.

What are the possible benefits and risks of participating?
Participants were given a pedometer, step-log and walking leaflet free of charge to support the increase of walking. They also participated in one group meeting informing about the benefits of physical activity and walking. Walking causes very few adverse effects and if they arise, they are minimal.

Where is the study run from?
The study was run exclusively from the UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research, Tampere, Finland.

When is the study starting and how long is it expected to run for?
The study ran from March 2009 to July 2010.

Who is funding the study?
The study is funded by the Finnish Work Environment Fund and Juho Vainion Säätiö (Finland).

Who is the main contact?
Dr Minna Aittasalo
minna.aittasalo@uta.fi

Trial website

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Minna Aittasalo

ORCID ID

Contact details

PO Box 30
Tampere
33501
Finland
+358 3 282 9267
minna.aittasalo@uta.fi

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

Protocol/serial number

108098

Study information

Scientific title

Promoting walking among office employees ― evaluation of a randomized controlled intervention with pedometers and e-mail messages

Acronym

Study hypothesis

Does the low-cost intervention enhance different types of walking and decrease sedentary time during the working and non-working day and is the study feasible?

Ethics approval

Ethics Committee, UKK Institute, Tampere, Finland, 01/09/2009

Study design

Multicentre randomised controlled study

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

Not available in web format, please use the contact details below to request a patient information sheet

Condition

Promotion of walking in workplace

Intervention

Participants were randomly allocated to one of two groups:
1. Pedometer group: one group meeting, pedometer use, step-logs and an e-mail message from occupational health care once a month
2. Comparison group: only follow-up questionnaires during the intervention but pedometers and all the information are provided after the intervention in a separate meeting

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

The following was measured using the modified International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ):
1. Walking at work
2. Walking for transportation
3. Walking for leisure
4. Walking stairs
5. Sedentary time during working and non-working day

Measured at baseline and followed up at 2, 6 and 12 months using questionnaires

Secondary outcome measures

No secondary outcome measures

Overall trial start date

17/03/2009

Overall trial end date

05/07/2010

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Office-based work
2. Ability to use email
3. No physical restrictions for physical activity
4. Insufficiently physically active according to the current physical activity recommendations

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

350

Participant exclusion criteria

Does not meet inclusion criteria

Recruitment start date

17/03/2009

Recruitment end date

05/07/2010

Locations

Countries of recruitment

Finland

Trial participating centre

PO Box 30
Tampere
33501
Finland

Sponsor information

Organisation

The UKK Institute (Finland)

Sponsor details

c/o Dr Minna Aittasalo
Centre for Health Promotion Research
PO Box 30
Tampere
33501
Finland
+358 3 282 9111
uktiedotus@uta.fi

Sponsor type

Research organisation

Website

http://www.ukkinstituutti.fi/en

Funders

Funder type

Government

Funder name

The Finnish Work Environment Fund (Finland) ref: 108098

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Funder name

Juho Vainio Foundation [Juho Vainion Säätiö] (Finland)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

Funding Body Subtype

Location

Results and Publications

Publication and dissemination plan

Not provided at time of registration

Intention to publish date

Participant level data

Not provided at time of registration

Results - basic reporting

Publication summary

2012 results in: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22672576

Publication citations

  1. Results

    Aittasalo M, Rinne M, Pasanen M, Kukkonen-Harjula K, Vasankari T, Promoting walking among office employees - evaluation of a randomized controlled intervention with pedometers and e-mail messages., BMC Public Health, 2012, 12, 403, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-12-403.

Additional files

Editorial Notes