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Development of a Physical Activity Intervention for Women Shift Workers

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Objective: We used mixed-methods to develop a physical activity (PA) intervention for women shift workers. Methods: We used online questionnaires to assess barriers preferences, self-efficacy, and outcome expectancies related to PA. We conducted focus groups to explore quantitative findings and provide feedback on the intervention. Results: Participants (N = 46) frequently reported work schedule, time, and self-discipline as barriers. Important program components included flexible hours and that exercise not be boring. Participants preferred flexible programming outside the home, with face-to-face advice on days off. Focus groups (N = 11) indicated the most important barriers were time and after-shift fatigue, and preferred activity on days off, through flexible, drop-in, affordable programming. Conclusions: These results provide insight into shift workers' concerns regarding PA and inform intervention development.
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Keywords: HEALTH BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION; MIXED-METHODS RESEARCH; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; QUALITATIVE METHODS; WOMEN'S HEALTH

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: July 1, 2017

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