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Increasing stair usage in a professional workplace: a test of the efficacy of positive and negative message prompts to change pedestrian choices

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Cooley, PD and Foley, SJ and Magnussen, CG (2008) Increasing stair usage in a professional workplace: a test of the efficacy of positive and negative message prompts to change pedestrian choices. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 19 (1). pp. 64-67. ISSN 1036-1073

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Abstract

Issue addressed: This study investigated the effectiveness of positive and negative-themed message prompts encouraging stair use at the point of choice between an elevator and stairwell in a professional workplace. Methods: Asimple time series design using two control periods assessed the efficacy of positive and negative messages on the pedestrian choice between stairs and an elevator in a restricted-entry, four-story building. Traffic volume was restricted to employees. Their movements were measured at two sites within the building - ground floor access doors and stairwell entry - by small infrared motion-sensing devices (MSD) linked to incremental LCD counters. Results: A positive or negative poster prompt did not significantly modify employees' stair usage when compared with baseline levels. Odds ratios (OR) for stair usage in the workplace were OR=0.6, 95% C/ =0.31.1 for the positive and OR=1.0 (95% C/=0.5-1.9) for the negative poster prompts.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Stair walking; poster prompts; efficacy
Journal or Publication Title: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
Page Range: pp. 64-67
ISSN: 1036-1073
Additional Information: Copyright © 2008 Australian Health Promotion Association
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2008 23:40
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 03:54
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/8080
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