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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01278680
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (Enrollment has not begun; study suspended indefinitely due to change in management at company where we were going to conduct the study.)
First Posted : January 19, 2011
Last Update Posted : August 19, 2015
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
University of California, Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Michael Norton, Harvard University

Brief Summary:
Employees of Blue Shield of California (BSC) will be recruited to participate to regularly use Walkstations. Some participants will be randomly assigned to a "hold out" control condition and the remainder will be assigned to one of two experimental treatments: Personal Incentive vs. Charitable Incentive. In the Personal Incentive condition people will be paid $3 for every completed Walkstation session, whereas for participants in the Charitable Incentive condition $3 will be donated to a specific charity. The incentives will operate for approximately 45 days and then for an additional 45 days participants in the two experimental conditions will have access to the Walkstations. Participants in the hold out control condition will begin using the Walkstations after the initial 90 day period.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Sedentary Lifestyle; Obesity; General Well-being Behavioral: Incentives for walkstation usage Not Applicable

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Study Start Date : February 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date : April 2013
Estimated Study Completion Date : April 2013

Arm Intervention/treatment
No Intervention: Hold-out control
Hold-out control: participants will be asked to refrain from using the walkstations for the duration of the study (90 days).
Active Comparator: Personal incentive
Personal incentive: Participants will receive $3 for each time they use the walkstation.
Behavioral: Incentives for walkstation usage
The investigators are testing the effect of two different incentive schemes on people's usage of walkstations at work: either a personal incentive (in which people receive personal financial benefit for using the walkstations) vs. a charitable incentive (in which others receive financial benefit if a given individual uses the walkstation).

Experimental: Charitable incentive
Charitable incentive: $3 will be donated to charity every time the participant uses the walkstation.
Behavioral: Incentives for walkstation usage
The investigators are testing the effect of two different incentive schemes on people's usage of walkstations at work: either a personal incentive (in which people receive personal financial benefit for using the walkstations) vs. a charitable incentive (in which others receive financial benefit if a given individual uses the walkstation).




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Walkstation usage [ Time Frame: 45 days ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Questionnaire [ Time Frame: baseline; 45 days; 90 days ]
    Participants will be asked to complete a questionnaire that assesses job satisfaction, personal well-being, and health behaviors

  2. Walkstation usage [ Time Frame: 90 days ]
  3. Biometrics [ Time Frame: baseline & 45 days ]
    Height, weight, and blood pressure



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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Must pass the ParQ

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Ineligible if person did not pass ParQ AND did not provide doctor's note authorizing their participation.

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT01278680


Locations
United States, California
Blue Shield of California
San Francisco, California, United States, 94105
Sponsors and Collaborators
Harvard University
University of California, Berkeley
Carnegie Mellon University

Responsible Party: Michael Norton, Associate Professor, Harvard University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01278680     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Walkstation3
First Posted: January 19, 2011    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: August 19, 2015
Last Verified: August 2015

Keywords provided by Michael Norton, Harvard University:
Behavioral economics
Incentives
Health