What works to reduce sedentary behavior in the office, and could these intervention components transfer to the home working environment?: A rapid review and transferability appraisal

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Thank you to Dr. Claire Fitzsimons (Physical Activity for Health Research Centre, Institute of Sport PE and Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh, UK) for sharing  a summary of their recent study titled “What works to reduce sedentary behavior in the office, and could these intervention components transfer to the home working environment?: A rapid review and transferability appraisal” just published in Frontiers in Sports and Active Living. The full publication is available here. The summary of the study and citation details are below.

Study summary

Covid-19 resulted in a revolutionary change in working practices, with home-working now at unprecedented levels. The aim of this rapid review was to build on existing evidence to identify what works to reduce sedentary behaviour in an office environment, and consider whether these could be transferable to support those working at home. A systematic database search (10 August 2017 – 6 September 2021) was added to references included in a 2018 Cochrane review of office based sedentary interventions, data extracted and a risk of bias assessment conducted. Informed by the Behaviour Change Wheel, the most commonly used intervention functions and behaviour change techniques were identified from the extracted data. A sample of common intervention strategies were evaluated by the researchers and stakeholders for potential transferability to the working at home environment. Twenty-two studies including 29 interventions showing a beneficial direct of effect on sedentary outcomes were included. The most commonly used intervention functions were training, environmental restructuring, education and enablement. Within these the commonly used behaviour change techniques were instructions on how to perform the behaviour, adding objects to the environment and restructuring the physical environment. Those strategies were the most promise for transferring to the home environment included education materials, use of role models, incentives, and prompts.

CITATION

Morton, S., Fitzsimons, C., Jepson, R., Saunders, D. H., Sivaramakrishnan, D., & Niven, A. (2022). What works to reduce sedentary behavior in the office, and could these intervention components transfer to the home working environment?: A rapid review and transferability appraisal. Frontiers in sports and active living, 4, 954639. https://doi.org/10.3389/fspor.2022.954639

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