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Sedentary and physical activity behaviour in ‘blue-collar’ workers: A systematic review of accelerometer studies
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Department of Public and Occupational Health, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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2019 (English)In: Journal of Physical Activity and Health, ISSN 1543-3080, E-ISSN 1543-5474, Vol. 16, no 11, p. 1060-1069Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background: This systematic review assessed evidence on the accelerometer-measured sedentary and physical activity (PA) behavior of nonoffice workers in “blue-collar” industries.

Methods: The databases CINAHL, Embase, MEDLINE, PubMed, and Scopus were searched up to April 6, 2018. Eligibility criteria were accelerometer-measured sedentary, sitting, and/or PA behaviors in “blue-collar” workers (≥10 participants; agricultural, construction, cleaning, manufacturing, mining, postal, or transport industries). Data on participants’ characteristics, study protocols, and measured behaviors during work and/or nonwork time were extracted. Methodologic quality was assessed using a 12-item checklist.

Results: Twenty studies (representing 11 data sets), all from developed world economies, met inclusion criteria. The mean quality score for selected studies was 9.5 (SD 0.8) out of a maximum of 12. Data were analyzed using a range of analytical techniques (eg, accelerometer counts or pattern recognition algorithms). “Blue-collar” workers were more sedentary and less active during nonwork compared with work time (eg, sitting 5.7 vs 3.2 h/d; moderate to vigorous PA 0.5 vs 0.7 h/d). Drivers were the most sedentary (work time 5.1 h/d; nonwork time 8.2 h/d).

Conclusions: High levels of sedentary time and insufficient PA to offset risk are health issues for “blue-collar” workers. To better inform interventions, research groups need to adopt common measurement and reporting methodologies.

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ISPAH International Society for Physical Activity and Health , 2019. Vol. 16, no 11, p. 1060-1069
Keywords [en]
nonoffice workers, objective measurement, sitting, movement, work and nonwork time
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-26510DOI: 10.1123/jpah.2018-0607ISI: 000493335200018PubMedID: 31469366OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-26510DiVA, id: diva2:1202553
Available from: 2018-04-27 Created: 2018-04-27 Last updated: 2019-11-22Bibliographically approved

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