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Yi Lu, Hui Cai, Sheila J Bosch
AIM: This study examined how the spatial characteristics of patient beds, which are influenced by patient room design and nursing unit configuration, affect patients' perceptions about privacy. BACKGROUND: In the hospital setting, most patients expect a certain degree of privacy but also understand that their caregivers need appropriate access to them in order to provide high-quality care. Even veteran healthcare designers may struggle to create just the right balance between privacy and accessibility...
October 12, 2016: HERD
June J Pilcher, Victoria C Baker
The purpose of the current study is to compare the effects of light physical activity to sedentary behavior on cognitive task performance and meta-cognitive responses. Thirty-eight undergraduate students participated in the study. The participants used a stationary bicycle with a desk top and a traditional desk while completing two complex cognitive tasks and measures of affect, motivation, morale, and engagement. The participants pedaled the stationary bicycle at a slow pace (similar in exertion to a normal walking pace) while working...
2016: Frontiers in Psychology
Ryan J Murphy, Robert S Armiger, Jyri Lepistö, Mehran Armand
BACKGROUND: Populations suffering from developmental dysplasia of the hip typically have reduced femoral coverage and experience joint pain while walking. Periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) is one surgical solution that realigns the acetabular fragment. This challenging surgery has a steep learning curve. Existing navigation systems for computer-assisted PAO neither track the released fragment nor offer the means to assess fragment location. An intraoperative workstation--the biomechanical guidance system (BGS)--developed for PAO incorporates intraoperative fragment tracking and acetabular characterization through radiographic angles and joint biomechanics...
2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Nipun Shrestha, Katriina T Kukkonen-Harjula, Jos H Verbeek, Sharea Ijaz, Veerle Hermans, Soumyadeep Bhaumik
BACKGROUND: Office work has changed considerably over the previous couple of decades and has become sedentary in nature. Physical inactivity at workplaces and particularly increased sitting has been linked to increase in cardiovascular disease, obesity and overall mortality. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the effects of workplace interventions to reduce sitting at work compared to no intervention or alternative interventions. SEARCH METHODS: We searched the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, OSH UPDATE, PsycINFO, Clinical trials...
2016: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
David L Lamar, Shinn-Huey S Chou, Jonathan R Medverd, Jonathan O Swanson
In this study, we sought to quantify the sedentary worklife of the radiologist, a potential health risk. Radiologists of all training levels at our academic institution were surveyed to estimate the levels of at-work and out-of-work sitting. Fitbit One activity monitors were used to measure the at-work activity levels of radiology, pediatric, and internal medicine (IM) residents. Correlation between awareness and utilization of dynamic (sitting or standing, walking, or biking) picture archiving and communication system (PACS) workstations among radiology residents was assessed...
July 2016: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
Christina Bantoft, Mathew J Summers, Peter J Tranent, Matthew A Palmer, P Dean Cooley, Scott J Pedersen
OBJECTIVE: In the present study, we examined the effect of working while seated, while standing, or while walking on measures of short-term memory, working memory, selective and sustained attention, and information-processing speed. BACKGROUND: The advent of computer-based technology has revolutionized the adult workplace, such that average adult full-time employees spend the majority of their working day seated. Prolonged sitting is associated with increasing obesity and chronic health conditions in children and adults...
February 2016: Human Factors
Muhammad Raheel Afzal, Min-Kyun Oh, Chang-Hee Lee, Young Sook Park, Jungwon Yoon
Gait asymmetry caused by hemiparesis results in reduced gait efficiency and reduced activity levels. In this paper, a portable rehabilitation device is proposed that can serve as a tool in diagnosing gait abnormalities in individuals with stroke and has the capability of providing vibration feedback to help compensate for the asymmetric gait. Force-sensitive resistor (FSR) based insoles are used to detect ground contact and estimate stance time. A controller (Arduino) provides different vibration feedback based on the gait phase measurement...
2015: BioMed Research International
Danielle R Bouchard, Shaelyn Strachan, Leslie Johnson, Fiona Moola, Radhika Chitkara, Diana McMillan, Semone Myrie, Gordon Giesbrecht
OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to test the feasibility of sharing treadmill workstations among office workers to reduce time spent at low intensity and explore changes in health outcomes after a 3-month intervention. METHODS: Twenty-two office workers were asked to walk 2 hours per shift on a shared treadmill workstation for 3 months. Physical activity levels (ie, low, light, moderate, and vigorous), health-related measures (eg, sleep, blood pressure), treadmill usage information, and questions regarding participants' expectation and experiences were collected...
January 2016: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Manuel Cifuentes, Jin Qin, Scott Fulmer, Anila Bello
PURPOSE: Characterize barriers and facilitators to use treadmill workstations in real work sites. DESIGN: For 6 months, workers tried a sit-stand-walk treadmill workstation at will with expert ergonomic support. Qualitative data were collected monthly. SETTING: Administrative and academic departments at a higher education institution in Massachusetts, United States. PARTICIPANTS: Five female administrative office workers...
November 2015: American Journal of Health Promotion: AJHP
Michael Sliter, Zhenyu Yuan
With growing concerns over the obesity epidemic in the United States and other developed countries, many organizations have taken steps to incorporate healthy workplace practices. However, most workers are still sedentary throughout the day--a major contributor to individual weight gain. The current study sought to gather preliminary evidence of the efficacy of active workstations, which are a possible intervention that could increase employees' physical activity while they are working. We conducted an experimental study, in which boredom, task satisfaction, stress, arousal, and performance were evaluated and compared across 4 randomly assigned conditions: seated workstation, standing workstation, cycling workstation, and walking workstation...
April 2015: Journal of Occupational Health Psychology
Josephine Y Chau, Michelle Daley, Scott Dunn, Anu Srinivasan, Anna Do, Adrian E Bauman, Hidde P van der Ploeg
BACKGROUND: Prolonged sitting time is detrimental for health. Individuals with desk-based occupations tend to sit a great deal and sit-stand workstations have been identified as a potential strategy to reduce sitting time. Hence, the objective of the current study was to examine the effects of using sit-stand workstations on office workers' sitting time at work and over the whole day. METHODS: We conducted a randomized controlled trial pilot with crossover design and waiting list control in Sydney, Australia from September 2011 to July 2012 (n = 42; 86% female; mean age 38 ± 11 years)...
2014: International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
Zachary S Zeigler, Pamela D Swan, Dharini M Bhammar, Glenn A Gaesser
BACKGROUND: The acute effect of low-intensity walking on blood pressure (BP) is unclear. PURPOSE: To determine if the acute use of a walking workstation reduces ambulatory blood pressure (ABP) in prehypertensive men and women. METHODS: Ten prehypertensive adults participated in a randomized, cross-over study that included a control workday and a walking workstation workday. ABP was measured for 7 hour during the workday and for 6 hour after work...
June 2015: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Brandon L Alderman, Ryan L Olson, Diana M Mattina
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of walking at self-selected speed on an active workstation on cognitive performance. METHODS: Sixty-six participants (n = 27 males, 39 females; mean age = 21.06 ± 1.6 years) completed a treadmill-desk walking and a seated control condition, separated by 48 hours. During each condition, participants completed computerized versions of the Stroop test, a modified flanker task, and a test of reading comprehension...
May 2014: Journal of Physical Activity & Health
Manuel Cifuentes, Jin Qin, Scott Fulmer, Anila Bello
OBJECTIVES: Characterise usability, safety, comfort, and impact on productivity of treadmill workstations in real worksites. METHOD: Office workers volunteered to try out for six months a treadmill workstation consisting of a height adjustable electric desk, a walking treadmill, and their own sitting device (chair or "sitting ball"). They were instructed to set up and use the workstation at will. Monthly individual and group meetings were performed to gather qualitative data...
June 2014: Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Catrine Tudor-Locke, Chelsea A Hendrick, Megan T Duet, Damon L Swift, John M Schuna, Corby K Martin, William D Johnson, Timothy S Church
We report experiences, observations, and general lessons learned, specifically with regards to participant recruitment and adherence, while implementing a 6-month randomized controlled treadmill desk intervention (the WorkStation Pilot Study) in a real-world office-based health insurance workplace. Despite support from the company's upper administration, relatively few employees responded to the company-generated e-mail to participate in the study. Ultimately only 41 overweight/obese participants were deemed eligible and enrolled from a recruitment pool of 728 workers...
October 2014: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
Tine Torbeyns, Stephen Bailey, Inge Bos, Romain Meeusen
BACKGROUND: The impact of active workstations has been studied in several settings, and several outcomes have been investigated. However, the effects on health, work performance, quality of life, etc., have never been systematically reviewed. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the existing literature about active workstations and their possible positive health and work performance effects. DATA SOURCES: We searched the electronic databases PubMed and Web of Science (up until 28 February 2014)...
September 2014: Sports Medicine
Avner Ben-Ner, Darla J Hamann, Gabriel Koepp, Chimnay U Manohar, James Levine
We conducted a 12-month-long experiment in a financial services company to study how the availability of treadmill workstations affects employees' physical activity and work performance. We enlisted sedentary volunteers, half of whom received treadmill workstations during the first two months of the study and the rest in the seventh month of the study. Participants could operate the treadmills at speeds of 0-2 mph and could use a standard chair-desk arrangement at will. (a) Weekly online performance surveys were administered to participants and their supervisors, as well as to all other sedentary employees and their supervisors...
2014: PloS One
Shi Hui Wong, Jennifer C Nitz, Katrina Williams, Sandra G Brauer
INTRODUCTION: Studies of exercise in patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) are sparse. Balance strategy training (BST) multimodal exercise has proven efficacy in adults for enhancing balance and functional mobility. This prospective study aims to determine if BST improves functional ability and balance in people with MG. METHODS: Seven individuals with MG participated in a 16-session workstation intervention. Repeated measures (pre/post-intervention and 4-week follow-up) consisting of quantitative myasthenia gravis score (QMG), 6-minute walk test (6MWT), timed up and go (TUG) with dual task (TUG(manual) and TUG(cognitive)), and standing stability on foam with eyes closed (foamEC) were assessed...
May 2014: Muscle & Nerve
Erica A Hinckson, Saeideh Aminian, Erika Ikeda, Tom Stewart, Melody Oliver, Scott Duncan, Grant Schofield
OBJECTIVE: To examine the acceptability of introducing standing workstations in elementary-school classrooms; and to quantify changes in children's time spent sitting, standing, and walking; step counts; sit-to-stand transitions; and musculoskeletal discomfort. METHODS: A controlled trial was conducted in two elementary schools in Auckland, New Zealand (March-May 2012). Participants were 30 third and fourth graders (n = 23 intervention, n = 7 control). Intervention classes received standing workstations; control class retained usual sitting desks...
January 2013: Preventive Medicine
Rachel E Funk, Megan L Taylor, Ceith C Creekmur, Christine M Ohlinger, Ronald H Cox, William P Berg
This study tested the effect of treadmill walking speed on typing performance when these tasks were performed simultaneously. 24 research participants (M age = 23.2 yr.) performed a typing test under each of four conditions including the control (seated), treadmill walking at 1.3 km/hr., 2.25 km/hr., and 3.2 km/hr. Results indicated that treadmill walking had a detrimental effect on typing performance, but that the walking speed of 2.25 km/hr. would result in better typing performance than the slower and faster speeds...
August 2012: Perceptual and Motor Skills
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