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A multi-site comparison of environmental characteristics to support workplace walking

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Gilson, Nicholas D., Ainsworth, Barbara, Biddle, Stuart, Faulkner, Guy, Murphy, Marie, Niven, Ailsa, Pringle, Andy, Puig-Ribera, Anna, Stathi, Afroditi and Umstattd, M. Renée (2009) A multi-site comparison of environmental characteristics to support workplace walking. Preventive Medicine, 49 (1). pp. 21-23. [Journal article]

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URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ypmed.2009.05.001

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ypmed.2009.05.001

Abstract

Background: This paper aimed to use theDelphi technique to develop a consensusframework for a multinational, workplacewalking intervention. Methods: Ideas weregathered and ranked from eight recognized andemerging experts in the fields of physical activityand health, from universities in Australia,Canada, England, the Netherlands, NorthernIreland, and Spain. Members of the panel wereasked to consider the key characteristics of asuccessful campus walking intervention. Consensuswas reached by an inductive, contentanalytic approach, conducted through an anonymous,three-round, e-mail process. Results:The resulting framework consisted of threeinterlinking themes defined as “design, implementation,and evaluation.” Top-ranked subitemsin these themes included the need to generateresearch capacity (design), to respond togroup needs through different walkingapproaches (implementation), and to undertakephysical activity assessment (evaluation).Themes were set within an underpinningdomain, referred to as the “institution” andsites are currently engaging with subitems inthis domain, to provide sustainable interventionsthat reflect the practicalities of local contextsand needs. Conclusions: Findings providea unique framework for designing,implementing, and evaluating walking projectsin universities and highlight the value of adoptingthe Delphi technique for planning international,multisite health initiatives.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > Ulster Sports Academy
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Physical Activity and Health
ID Code:1913
Deposited By:Professor Marie Murphy
Deposited On:03 Feb 2010 10:25
Last Modified:12 Feb 2014 16:32

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