Incentives for Moving

This study has suspended participant recruitment.
(Enrollment has not begun; study suspended indefinitely due to change in management at company where we were going to conduct the study.)
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
University of California, Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Michael Norton, Harvard University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01278680
First received: January 18, 2011
Last updated: March 15, 2012
Last verified: March 2012
  Purpose

Employees of Blue Shield of California (BSC) will be recruited to participate to regularly use Walkstations. Some participants will be randomly assigned to a "hold out" control condition and the remainder will be assigned to one of two experimental treatments: Personal Incentive vs. Charitable Incentive. In the Personal Incentive condition people will be paid $3 for every completed Walkstation session, whereas for participants in the Charitable Incentive condition $3 will be donated to a specific charity. The incentives will operate for approximately 45 days and then for an additional 45 days participants in the two experimental conditions will have access to the Walkstations. Participants in the hold out control condition will begin using the Walkstations after the initial 90 day period.


Condition Intervention
Sedentary Lifestyle; Obesity; General Well-being
Behavioral: Incentives for walkstation usage

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Subject)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science

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Further study details as provided by Harvard University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Walkstation usage [ Time Frame: 45 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Questionnaire [ Time Frame: baseline; 45 days; 90 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire that assesses job satisfaction, personal well-being, and health behaviors

  • Walkstation usage [ Time Frame: 90 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Biometrics [ Time Frame: baseline & 45 days ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    Height, weight, and blood pressure


Estimated Enrollment: 120
Study Start Date: February 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: April 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: April 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Hold-out control
Hold-out control: participants will be asked to refrain from using the walkstations for the duration of the study (90 days).
Active Comparator: Personal incentive
Personal incentive: Participants will receive $3 for each time they use the walkstation.
Behavioral: Incentives for walkstation usage
The investigators are testing the effect of two different incentive schemes on people's usage of walkstations at work: either a personal incentive (in which people receive personal financial benefit for using the walkstations) vs. a charitable incentive (in which others receive financial benefit if a given individual uses the walkstation).
Experimental: Charitable incentive
Charitable incentive: $3 will be donated to charity every time the participant uses the walkstation.
Behavioral: Incentives for walkstation usage
The investigators are testing the effect of two different incentive schemes on people's usage of walkstations at work: either a personal incentive (in which people receive personal financial benefit for using the walkstations) vs. a charitable incentive (in which others receive financial benefit if a given individual uses the walkstation).

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must pass the ParQ

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Ineligible if person did not pass ParQ AND did not provide doctor's note authorizing their participation.
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01278680

Locations
United States, California
Blue Shield of California
San Francisco, California, United States, 94105
Sponsors and Collaborators
Harvard University
University of California, Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Michael Norton, Associate Professor, Harvard University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01278680     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Walkstation3
Study First Received: January 18, 2011
Last Updated: March 15, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by Harvard University:
Behavioral economics
Incentives
Health

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Obesity
Overnutrition
Nutrition Disorders
Overweight
Body Weight
Signs and Symptoms

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 29, 2014