Nurses, age, job demands and physical activity at work and at leisure: A cross-sectional study

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dc.contributor.author McCarthy, Vera J. C.
dc.contributor.author Wills, Teresa
dc.contributor.author Crowley, S.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-02-28T10:36:05Z
dc.date.available 2018-02-28T10:36:05Z
dc.date.issued 2018-01-31
dc.identifier.citation Mc Carthy, V. J. C., Wills, T. and Crowley, S. (2018) 'Nurses, age, job demands and physical activity at work and at leisure: A cross-sectional study', Applied Nursing Research, 40, pp. 116-121. doi: 10.1016/j.apnr.2018.01.010 en
dc.identifier.volume 40 en
dc.identifier.startpage 116 en
dc.identifier.endpage 121 en
dc.identifier.issn 0897-1897
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/5561
dc.identifier.doi 10.1016/j.apnr.2018.01.010
dc.description.abstract Background: The nursing workforce is ageing and increased age and demands at work, can impact on physical activity levels in the workplace and at leisure. Research has shown that work physical activity, without activity at leisure, is insufficient to prolong well-being. This study investigated the physical activity levels of a sample of nurses and aimed to determine if age and job demands are associated with engaging in recommended physical activity levels at work and at leisure. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted with data collected during 2016. Two-hundred and ten nurses participated in the study. Two validated instruments were used: the Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (quantitative and cognitive demands) and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. Results: Older nurses (≥40-years) were significantly less likely to report engaging in recommended physical activity levels at work than younger nurses [OR 0.47, 95% CI (0.25–0.88) p = 0.02]. Nurses with high quantitative demands were over twice as likely to engage in recommended levels of physical activity at work and at leisure. Engaging in recommended levels of physical activity at work was not associated with leisure-time physical activity reports. Conclusion: Initiatives need to be put in place to ensure older nurses can fulfil their nursing role within their capabilities. These could include offering personal physical activity education to both on and off-duty nurses. Assessment of ability and patient acuity may be necessary. en
dc.description.sponsorship University College Cork (School of Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland under an MSc Studentship Award) en
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Elsevier en
dc.relation.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0897189717305700
dc.rights © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ en
dc.subject Copenhagen Psychosocial Questionnaire (COPSOQ) en
dc.subject Cross-sectional study en
dc.subject Age en
dc.subject International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ) en
dc.subject Nurses en
dc.subject Recommended physical activity levels en
dc.title Nurses, age, job demands and physical activity at work and at leisure: A cross-sectional study en
dc.type Article (peer-reviewed) en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Vera Mccarthy, Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: v.mccarthy@ucc.ie en
dc.internal.authorcontactother Vera McCarthy, Nursing & Midwifery, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland. +353-21-490-3000 Email: v.mccarthy@ucc.ie en
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dc.check.date 2019-01-31
dc.date.updated 2018-02-28T10:08:20Z
dc.description.version Accepted Version en
dc.internal.rssid 427753478
dc.contributor.funder University College Cork en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.journaltitle Applied Nursing Research en
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dc.internal.licenseacceptance Yes en
dc.internal.IRISemailaddress V.McCarthy@ucc.ie en


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