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An intervention program to promote health-related physical fitness in nurses.
J Clin Nurs. 2009 May; 18(10):1404-11.JC

Abstract

AIMS

To assess the effects of exercise intervention on nurses' health-related physical fitness.

BACKGROUND

Regular exercise that includes gymnastics or aerobics has a positive effect on fitness. In Taiwan, there are not much data which assess the effects of exercise intervention on nurses' health-related physical fitness. Many studies have reported the high incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in nurses However, there has been limited research on intervention programs that are designed to improve the general physical fitness of nurses.

DESIGN

A quasi-experimental study was conducted at a medical centre in central Taiwan.

METHODS

Ninety nurses from five different units of a hospital volunteered to participate in this study and participated in an experimental group and a control group. The experimental group engaged in a three-month intervention program consisting of treadmill exercise. Indicators of the health-related physical fitness of both groups were established and assessed before and after the intervention.

RESULTS

Before intervention, the control group had significantly better grasp strength, flexibility and durability of abdominal muscles than the experimental group (p < 0.05). After the intervention, logistic regression was used to adjust for marital status, work duration, regular exercise and workload and found that the experimental group performed significantly better (p < 0.05) on body mass index, grasp strength, flexibility, durability of abdominal and back muscles and cardiopulmonary function.

CONCLUSIONS

This study demonstrates that the development and implementation of an intervention program can promote and improve the health-related physical fitness of nurses.

RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE

It is suggested that nurses engage in an exercise program while in the workplace to lower the risk of MSDs and to promote working efficiency.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Institute of Medicine, Chung Shan Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

19413536

Citation

Yuan, Su-Chuan, et al. "An Intervention Program to Promote Health-related Physical Fitness in Nurses." Journal of Clinical Nursing, vol. 18, no. 10, 2009, pp. 1404-11.
Yuan SC, Chou MC, Hwu LJ, et al. An intervention program to promote health-related physical fitness in nurses. J Clin Nurs. 2009;18(10):1404-11.
Yuan, S. C., Chou, M. C., Hwu, L. J., Chang, Y. O., Hsu, W. H., & Kuo, H. W. (2009). An intervention program to promote health-related physical fitness in nurses. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18(10), 1404-11. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02699.x
Yuan SC, et al. An Intervention Program to Promote Health-related Physical Fitness in Nurses. J Clin Nurs. 2009;18(10):1404-11. PubMed PMID: 19413536.
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TY - JOUR T1 - An intervention program to promote health-related physical fitness in nurses. AU - Yuan,Su-Chuan, AU - Chou,Ming-Chih, AU - Hwu,Lien-Jen, AU - Chang,Yin-O, AU - Hsu,Wen-Hsin, AU - Kuo,Hsien-Wen, PY - 2009/5/6/entrez PY - 2009/5/6/pubmed PY - 2009/7/25/medline SP - 1404 EP - 11 JF - Journal of clinical nursing JO - J Clin Nurs VL - 18 IS - 10 N2 - AIMS: To assess the effects of exercise intervention on nurses' health-related physical fitness. BACKGROUND: Regular exercise that includes gymnastics or aerobics has a positive effect on fitness. In Taiwan, there are not much data which assess the effects of exercise intervention on nurses' health-related physical fitness. Many studies have reported the high incidence of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) in nurses However, there has been limited research on intervention programs that are designed to improve the general physical fitness of nurses. DESIGN: A quasi-experimental study was conducted at a medical centre in central Taiwan. METHODS: Ninety nurses from five different units of a hospital volunteered to participate in this study and participated in an experimental group and a control group. The experimental group engaged in a three-month intervention program consisting of treadmill exercise. Indicators of the health-related physical fitness of both groups were established and assessed before and after the intervention. RESULTS: Before intervention, the control group had significantly better grasp strength, flexibility and durability of abdominal muscles than the experimental group (p < 0.05). After the intervention, logistic regression was used to adjust for marital status, work duration, regular exercise and workload and found that the experimental group performed significantly better (p < 0.05) on body mass index, grasp strength, flexibility, durability of abdominal and back muscles and cardiopulmonary function. CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that the development and implementation of an intervention program can promote and improve the health-related physical fitness of nurses. RELEVANCE TO CLINICAL PRACTICE: It is suggested that nurses engage in an exercise program while in the workplace to lower the risk of MSDs and to promote working efficiency. SN - 1365-2702 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/19413536/An_intervention_program_to_promote_health_related_physical_fitness_in_nurses_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2702.2008.02699.x DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -