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A Multidimensional Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce the Risk of Metabolic Disorders in Older Workers in Taiwan

This study has been completed.
Department of Health, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Alan C. Tsai, Ph. D., Asia University Identifier:
First received: November 28, 2012
Last updated: November 29, 2012
Last verified: November 2012
The study was aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a multidimensional worksite intervention program to reduce the severity of metabolic disorders in older workers in Taiwan.

Condition Intervention
Metabolic Disorder
Behavioral: Multidimensional lifestyle intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: A Multidimensional Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce the Risk of Metabolic Disorders in Older Workers in Taiwan

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Further study details as provided by Alan C. Tsai, Ph. D., Asia University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Changes in anthropometric and srum biochemical indicators. [ Time Frame: At baseline (week 0) and endpoint (week 24) of the intervention ]
    Body weight (BW), body height, waist circumference, Body mass index (BMI), arterial blood pressure (BP), serum total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), triglycerides (TG) and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) concentrations

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Lifestyle factors [ Time Frame: At baseline (week 0) and endpoint (week 24) of the intervention ]
    Physical activity, food consumption frequency and self-reported sleep and sedentary hours.

Enrollment: 108
Study Start Date: January 2010
Study Completion Date: December 2010
Primary Completion Date: October 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: reference group
They continued their daily routine.
Experimental: Multidimensional lifestyle intervention
The multidimensional lifestyle intervention program received motivational activities to improve awareness of the impact of lifestyle on chronic diseases and the importance of self-health management.
Behavioral: Multidimensional lifestyle intervention
Lecture series to increase awareness of the relationship of lifestyle to chronic diseases Individualized review and discussion to understand own health problems Biweekly group meetings to stimulate motivation and exchange ideas

Detailed Description:

The investigators conducted a quasi-experiment in older workers from three worksites in southern Taiwan.

  • Qualified subjects were assigned to the intervention or the reference group according to their availability to take part in study activities.
  • A researcher reviewed the health record and discussed with the subject about his/her health status.
  • Subjects in the intervention group received lifestyle interventions. The activities included motivational presentations to increase awareness of own health problems and the role of lifestyle in the etiology of non-communicable chronic diseases.
  • Subjects were organized into small groups to have biweekly meetings to share experiences, stimulate mutual encouragement and to overcome obstacles.
  • Anthropometric and biochemical indicators were measured at baseline and endpoint (week 24).

Ages Eligible for Study:   50 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • full-time worker
  • aged 50 years or older
  • willing to complete a screening questionnaire
  • sign a study consent

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01738061

Sponsors and Collaborators
Asia University
Department of Health, Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)
Principal Investigator: Alan C Tsai, PhD Department of Healthcare Administration, Asia University
  More Information

Responsible Party: Alan C. Tsai, Ph. D., professor, Asia University Identifier: NCT01738061     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MM-WHP-99
Study First Received: November 28, 2012
Last Updated: November 29, 2012

Keywords provided by Alan C. Tsai, Ph. D., Asia University:
Older workers
Multidimensional intervention
Worksite health promotion

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Metabolic Diseases
Pathologic Processes processed this record on May 25, 2017