Using focus groups and interviews to inform the design of a workplace exercise programme: An example from a high-intensity interval training intervention

Naomi Burn, Matthew Weston, Greg Atkinson, Kathryn Weston

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Abstract

Objective: Using a formative evaluation of a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) intervention, we illustrate how qualitative data can inform the development of workplace exercise interventions.
Method: Eight focus groups and four interviews were conducted with employees (n=38) and management (n=4) from six office-based organisations before intervention implementation.
Results: Some participants thought workplace-based HIIT would be practical, given the limited time required. Others perceived it may not be acceptable for all individuals, given the exercise intensity. With consideration of identified barriers (workload /family commitments effecting time availability) and facilitators (flexible working conditions) participants’ perspectives were incorporated into the intervention protocol. A short-term group-based intervention was preferred, with a choice of exercise modes (based on stair climbing, stepping or boxing).
Conclusion: This study provides a framework to incorporate stakeholders’ perspectives into the development of workplace exercise interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e63-e74
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Volume63
Issue number2
Early online date17 Nov 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2021

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