The Effectiveness of Physical Activity Monitoring and Distance Counseling in an Occupational Health Setting (CoAct)

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES)
Pohjola Insurance Ltd
Information provided by:
Helsinki University of Technology
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00994565
First received: October 13, 2009
Last updated: June 21, 2011
Last verified: June 2011
  Purpose

The CoAct study is investigating a novel lifestyle intervention, aimed at the working population, with daily activity monitoring and distance counseling via telephone and secure web messages. The main purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of lifestyle counseling on the level of physical activity in an occupational health setting. The purposes include also analyzing the potential effects of changes in physical activity on productivity at work and sickness absence, and health care costs.


Condition Intervention
Physical Inactivity
Behavioral: Activity monitoring and distance counseling

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: The Effectiveness of Physical Activity Monitoring and Distance Counselling in an Occupational Health Setting - a Randomised Controlled Trial (CoAct)

Further study details as provided by Helsinki University of Technology:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical Activity [ Time Frame: One year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Health related productivity loss [ Time Frame: One year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Healthcare utilization [ Time Frame: One Year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 544
Study Start Date: August 2009
Study Completion Date: November 2010
Primary Completion Date: November 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Usual care
Active Comparator: Activity monitoring and distance counseling Behavioral: Activity monitoring and distance counseling
The physical activity monitoring and distance counseling concept combines the use of a personal activity monitor with web-based tailored physical activity advice. Users can interactively plan and evaluate their own activity advice based on their actual PA scores and their PA preferences and goals.

Detailed Description:

CoAct is a randomized controlled trial with two arms: a control group and intervention group with daily activity monitoring and distance counseling. The intervention focuses on lifestyle modification and takes 12 months. The study population consists of those volunteering from 1100 eligible employees from a Finnish insurance company. The primary outcomes are change in physical activity measured in MET hours per week, work productivity and sickness absence, and health care utilization. Secondary outcomes include various physiological measures. Cost-effectiveness analysis will also be performed. The outcomes will be measured by questionnaires at baseline, after 6, 12, and 24 months, and sickness absence will be obtained from the employer's registers.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 61 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Age 18 years or older
  • Paid employment of at least 8 hours a week
  • Not scheduled to retire in the next two years or have applied for disability pension
  • Have completed a health risk appraisal and physical testing

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Pregnancy
  • Diagnosis or treatment of cancer
  • Any disorder that makes physical activity impossible
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00994565

Locations
Finland
BIT Research Center
Espoo, Finland, 02015
Sponsors and Collaborators
Helsinki University of Technology
The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (TEKES)
Pohjola Insurance Ltd
  More Information

No publications provided by Helsinki University of Technology

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Simo P. Taimela / MD, PhD., Department of Public Health, Helsinki University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00994565     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: CoAct1RCT
Study First Received: October 13, 2009
Last Updated: June 21, 2011
Health Authority: Finland: Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Helsinki University of Technology:
Physical activity
health behaviour
lifestyle
productivity
outcomes

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 02, 2014