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The BWH Wellness Project (B-Well)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02850094
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 29, 2016
Last Update Posted : July 29, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Elena Losina, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brief Summary:
The investigators propose a 24 week program to provide proof-of-principle evidence that financial incentives stimulate Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) employees to be more physically active.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Physical Activity Behavioral: Financial Bonuses Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

Participants wear a Fitbit Flex accelerometer for at least six months. During the first two weeks, they are paid simply for wearing the Fitbit. After that, they are regularly paid for either meeting CDC guidelines for moderate physical activity (PA) or increasing their PA by at least 10% from the preceding week. Moderate PA is defined as walking for at least 100 steps per minute for at least 10 minutes at a time. One minute of vigorous PA, over 175 steps/minute, counts as two minutes of moderate PA.

In addition to weekly bonuses, there are also bonuses for achieving all goals in 1 month, 3 month, and 6 month intervals. In cases where all three team members received a bonus, their bonuses are doubled. Individuals also fill out weekly questionnaires about their work attendance, as well as longer questionnaires at baseline, three months, and six months.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 292 participants
Allocation: N/A
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: The Brigham and Women's Hospital Wellness Project
Study Start Date : July 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : June 2015
Actual Study Completion Date : June 2015

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MedlinePlus related topics: Health Checkup

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Financial Bonuses
For two weeks following enrollment, subjects are monitored via their FitBit accelerometer to monitor their pre-intervention physical activity levels. For a twenty-four week period following the observational period, participants are eligible for financial bonuses based on their increased activity. Participants enroll as teams and are eligible for additional financial bonuses based on their team's performance.
Behavioral: Financial Bonuses
Each participant is eligible to receive $10 per week for increasing their minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity by 10% from the previous week, or for meeting CDC guidelines of 150 minutes/week. Participants who meet their target minutes of PA every week for one month, three months, or six months receive $15, $25, or $50 bonuses respectively. If all members of a team meet their individual PA goals, each participant's reward is doubled. In total, participants can earn up to $860 if they meet all their goals.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Physical Activity [ Time Frame: 6 Months ]
    Minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity (greater than 100 steps/minute)

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Individuals Meeting CDC Guidelines [ Time Frame: 6 Months ]
    Percentage of cohort that achieved 150 minutes of moderate PA per week

  2. Fitbit Adherence [ Time Frame: 6 Months ]
    Percentage of cohort that wore their Fitbit for four or more days per week for at least 20 out of 24 weeks

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Ages Eligible for Study:   21 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Brigham and Women's Hospital employee
  • Reported less than 30 minutes of exercise per week
  • Use a computer daily at work or home
  • Willing to wear a pedometer, undergo health screening, and complete occasional questionnaires

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Occupation: Physician, nurse or other clinician
  • Self-reported pregnancy at baseline
Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Elena Losina, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Brigham and Women's Hospital
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02850094    
Other Study ID Numbers: 2014P000970
First Posted: July 29, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 29, 2016
Last Verified: July 2016
Keywords provided by Elena Losina, Brigham and Women's Hospital:
Physical activity
Financial Incentives