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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, 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, vol. 19, no. 1 , pp. 64-67 .

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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
Authors/Creators:Cooley, PD and Foley, SJ and Magnussen, CG
Keywords: Stair walking; poster prompts; efficacy
Journal or Publication Title: Health Promotion Journal of Australia
ISSN: 1036-1073
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