The Effectiveness of Physical Activity Monitoring and Distance Counseling in an Occupational Health Setting (CoAct)
The CoAct study is investigating a novel lifestyle intervention, aimed at the working population, with daily activity monitoring and distance counseling via telephone and secure web messages. The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of lifestyle counseling on the level of physical activity in an occupational health setting. The purposes include also analyzing the potential effects of changes in physical activity on productivity at work and sickness absence, and health care costs.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
|Official Title:||The Effectiveness of Physical Activity Monitoring and Distance Counselling in an Occupational Health Setting - a Randomised Controlled Trial (CoAct)|
- Physical Activity [ Time Frame: One year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Health related productivity loss [ Time Frame: One year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Healthcare utilization [ Time Frame: One Year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||August 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||November 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
|No Intervention: Usual care|
|Active Comparator: Activity monitoring and distance counseling||
Behavioral: Activity monitoring and distance counseling
The physical activity monitoring and distance counseling concept combines the use of a personal activity monitor with web-based tailored physical activity advice. Users can interactively plan and evaluate their own activity advice based on their actual PA scores and their PA preferences and goals.
CoAct is a randomized controlled trial with two arms: a control group and intervention group with daily activity monitoring and distance counseling. The intervention focuses on lifestyle modification and takes 12 months. The study population consists of those volunteering from 1100 eligible employees from a Finnish insurance company. The primary outcomes are change in physical activity measured in MET hours per week, work productivity and sickness absence, and health care utilization. Secondary outcomes include various physiological measures. Cost-effectiveness analysis will also be performed. The outcomes will be measured by questionnaires at baseline, after 6, 12, and 24 months, and sickness absence will be obtained from the employer's registers.