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Comparison of sedentary behaviors in office workers using sit-stand tables with and without semi-automated position changes
Department of Physical Therapy, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil.
Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9327-6177
University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences, Occupational health science. University of Gävle, Centre for Musculoskeletal Research.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1443-6211
Department of Physical Therapy, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil.
2017 (English)In: Human Factors, ISSN 0018-7208, E-ISSN 1547-8181Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Objective: This study compared usage patterns of two different electronically controlled sit-stand tables during a 2-month intervention period among office workers.

Background: Office workers spend most of their working time sitting, which is likely detrimental to health. Although the introduction of sit-stand tables has been suggested as an effective intervention to decrease sitting time, limited evidence is available on usage patterns of sit-stand tables, and whether patterns   are influenced by table configuration.

Methods: Twelve workers were provided with standard sit-stand tables (non-automated table group) and 12 with semi-automated sit-stand tables programmed to change table position according to a pre-set pattern, if the user agreed to the system-generated prompt (semi-automated table group). Table position was monitored continuously for two months after introducing the tables, as a proxy for sit-stand behavior.

Results: On average, the table was in a “sit” position for 85% of the work-day in both groups; this did not change significantly during the 2-month period. Switches in table position from sit to stand were, however, more frequent in the semi-automated table group than in the non-automated table group (0.65 vs. 0.29 hr-1; p=0.001).

Conclusion: Introducing a semi-automated sit-stand table appeared to be an attractive alternative to a standard sit-stand table, since it led to more posture variation.

Application: A semi-automated sit-stand table may effectively contribute to making postures more variable among office workers, and thus aid in alleviating negative health effects of extensive sitting.

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2017.
Keyword [en]
Alternative workstation; posture variation; fatigue; productivity
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Environmental Health and Occupational Health
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21528DOI: 10.1177/0018720817695771OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-21528DiVA: diva2:931653
Available from: 2016-05-30 Created: 2016-05-30 Last updated: 2017-03-15Bibliographically approved

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