Condition category
Not Applicable
Date applied
25/06/2010
Date assigned
10/08/2010
Last edited
01/02/2011
Prospective/Retrospective
Retrospectively registered
Overall trial status
Completed
Recruitment status
No longer recruiting

Plain English Summary

Not provided at time of registration

Trial website

http://www.bhamstep.co.uk

Contact information

Type

Scientific

Primary contact

Dr Cecilie Thogersen-Ntoumani

ORCID ID

Contact details

School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
College of Life and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Additional identifiers

EudraCT number

ClinicalTrials.gov number

NCT01150084

Protocol/serial number

TBF-08-004

Study information

Scientific title

"Step by Step": a feasibility study of the promotion of lunchtime walking to increase physical activity and improve mental well-being in sedentary employees

Acronym

Step by Step

Study hypothesis

To examine the feasibility of a sixteen-week lunchtime walking intervention designed to
1. Promote regular walking, and
2. Improve psycho-social well-being and work performance in sedentary employees

Ethics approval

University of Birmingham Life and Health Sciences Ethical Review Committee approved on the 31st March 2009 (ref: ERN_09-154)

Study design

Randomised waiting list controlled feasibility study

Primary study design

Interventional

Secondary study design

Randomised controlled trial

Trial setting

Other

Trial type

Quality of life

Patient information sheet

Can be found on http://www.bhamstep.co.uk

Condition

Physical inactivity/sedentary lifestyles

Intervention

A sixteen week randomised controlled trial, in which eligible participants will be randomised to an intervention and a waiting-list control group (to start at 10 weeks). The intervention will consist of a group support phase (weeks 1 - 10) and an independence phase (weeks 11 - 16). During the group-support phase, the participants will be asked to join in three weekly lunchtime walks of thirty minutes duration in a facilitator-led group (maximum of 12 per group), and will be challenged to accumulate 60 minutes of walking during the weekend. This would meet national recommendations of 150 minutes/week. The participants will be prompted to add their daily step count in log books at the end of every day. They will also receive two autonomy-supportive messages via a provided smartphone (used for monitoring and motivational purposes) per week during the group phase.

During the independence phase, the group walks will cease to exist on a formal basis, and the participants will be encouraged to engage in a minimum of three weekly lunchtime walks plus two in the week-ends. Formation of smaller informal groups will be recommended. Three weekly autonomy-supportive messages will be provided.

Intervention type

Other

Phase

Not Applicable

Drug names

Primary outcome measures

1. Step counts: measured daily (week 1 - 16)
2. Numbers of walks attended: measured weekly (week 1 - 10)

Secondary outcome measures

1. Job affect
2. Momentary job satisfaction: measured twice per day on two days per week (weeks 1 - 16)
3. Self-reported and manager ratings of work performance: measured at baseline (week 0) and week 17
4. Life satisfaction: measured at week 0, week 17 and 4 month follow-up
5. Subjective vitality: measured at week 0, week 17 and 4 month follow-up
6. Cardiovascular fitness: measured at week 0 and week 17
7. Self-reported levels of physical activity: measured at week 0, week 17 and 4 month follow-up

Overall trial start date

07/09/2009

Overall trial end date

01/03/2011

Reason abandoned

Eligibility

Participant inclusion criteria

1. Healthy
2. Mobile
3. Aged 18 - 65 years, either sex
4. Employed in a sedentary job
5. Engaging in less than 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity five times per week

Participant type

Patient

Age group

Adult

Gender

Both

Target number of participants

68

Participant exclusion criteria

1. Significant auditory or visual problems
2. Severe musculoskeletal disorders that prevent them from engaging in physical activity
3. Medical clearance will be requested for those who report any cardiovascular disease

Recruitment start date

07/09/2009

Recruitment end date

01/03/2011

Locations

Countries of recruitment

United Kingdom

Trial participating centre

School of Sport and Exercise Sciences
Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Sponsor information

Organisation

University of Birmingham (UK)

Sponsor details

Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
United Kingdom

Sponsor type

University/education

Website

http://www.bham.ac.uk/

Funders

Funder type

Charity

Funder name

BUPA Foundation (UK)

Alternative name(s)

Funding Body Type

private sector organisation

Funding Body Subtype

foundation

Location

United Kingdom

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

1. 2010 protocol in http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20875125

Publication citations

  1. Protocol

    Th√łgersen-Ntoumani C, Loughren EA, Duda JL, Fox KR, Kinnafick FE, "Step by Step". A feasibility study of a lunchtime walking intervention designed to increase walking, improve mental well-being and work performance in sedentary employees: Rationale and study design., BMC Public Health, 2010, 10, 578, doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-578.

Additional files

Editorial Notes