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Prev Chronic Dis. 2015 May 7;12:E65. doi: 10.5888/pcd12.140410.

Review of measures of worksite environmental and policy supports for physical activity and healthy eating.

Author information

1
Brown School, Prevention Research Center, Washington University in St Louis, One Brookings Dr, Campus Box 1196, St Louis, MO 63130. Email: ahipp@wustl.edu.
2
Washington University School of Medicine, St Louis, Missouri.
3
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee.
4
Prevention Research Center, Washington University in St Louis, St Louis, Missouri.
5
University of Missouri, Columbia, Columbia, Missouri.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Obesity prevention strategies are needed that target multiple settings, including the worksite. The objective of this study was to assess the state of science concerning available measures of worksite environmental and policy supports for physical activity (PA) and healthy eating (HE).

METHODS:

We searched multiple databases for instruments used to assess worksite environments and policies. Two commonly cited instruments developed by state public health departments were also included. Studies that were published from 1991 through 2013 in peer-reviewed publications and gray literature that discussed the development or use of these instruments were analyzed. Instrument administration mode and measurement properties were documented. Items were classified by general health topic, 5 domains of general worksite strategy, and 19 subdomains of worksite strategy specific to PA or HE. Characteristics of worksite measures were described including measurement properties, length, and administration mode, as well as frequencies of items by domain and subdomain.

RESULTS:

Seventeen instruments met inclusion criteria (9 employee surveys, 5 manager surveys, 1 observational assessment, and 2 studies that used multiple administration modes). Fourteen instruments included reliability testing. More items were related to PA than HE. Most instruments (n = 10) lacked items in the internal social environment domain. The most common PA subdomains were exercise facilities and lockers/showers; the most common HE subdomain was healthy options/vending.

CONCLUSION:

This review highlights gaps in measurement of the worksite social environment. The findings provide a useful resource for researchers and practitioners and should inform future instrument development.

PMID:
25950572
PMCID:
PMC4436045
DOI:
10.5888/pcd12.140410
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free PMC Article

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