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The International Universities Walking Project: development of a framework for workplace intervention using the Delphi technique


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Gilson, N., Brown, W. J., Faulkner, G., McKenna, J., Murphy, M., Pringle, A., Proper, K., Puig-Ribera, A. and Stathi, A., 2009. The International Universities Walking Project: development of a framework for workplace intervention using the Delphi technique. Journal of Physical Activity & Health, 6 (4), pp. 520-528.

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    Abstract

    Background: This paper aimed to use the Delphi technique to develop a consensus framework for a multinational, workplace walking intervention. Methods: Ideas were gathered and ranked from eight recognized and emerging experts in the fields of physical activity and health, from universities in Australia, Canada, England, the Netherlands, Northern Ireland, and Spain. Members of the panel were asked to consider the key characteristics of a successful campus walking intervention. Consensus was reached by an inductive, content analytic approach, conducted through an anonymous, three-round, e-mail process. Results: The resulting framework consisted of three interlinking themes defined as "design, implementation, and evaluation." Top-ranked subitems in these themes included the need to generate research capacity (design), to respond to group needs through different walking approaches (implementation), and to undertake physical activity assessment (evaluation). Themes were set within an underpinning domain, referred to as the "institution" and sites are currently engaging with subitems in this domain, to provide sustainable interventions that reflect the practicalities of local contexts and needs. Conclusions: Findings provide a unique framework for designing, implementing, and evaluating walking projects in universities and highlight the value of adopting the Delphi technique for planning international, multisite health initiatives.

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    Item Type Articles
    CreatorsGilson, N., Brown, W. J., Faulkner, G., McKenna, J., Murphy, M., Pringle, A., Proper, K., Puig-Ribera, A. and Stathi, A.
    Uncontrolled Keywordsprogram planning, consensus, physical activity, ecological approach
    DepartmentsFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences > Health
    Publisher StatementStathi_JPAH_2009_6_520.pdf: © Human Kinetics
    RefereedYes
    StatusPublished
    ID Code20143

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