Quotation Finkelstein, Eric A., Sahasranaman, Aarti, John, Geraldine, Haaland, Benjamin A., Bilger, Marcel, Sloan, Robert A., Khaing Nang, Ei Ei, Evenson, Kelly R. 2015. Design and baseline characteristics of participants in the TRial of Economic Incentives to Promote Physical Activity (TRIPPA): A randomized controlled trial of a six month pedometer program with financial incentives. Contemporary Clinical Trials. 41 238-247.


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Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are emerging as the predominant global health challenge of this century. Physical inactivity is one of the primary risk factors for NCDs. Therefore, increasing physical activity levels is a public health imperative. The arrival of affordable wearable technologies, such as wireless pedometers, provides one strategy for encouraging walking. However, the effectiveness of these technologies in promoting sustained behavior change has not been established. Insights from economics suggest that incentives may be a useful strategy for increasing maintenance and effectiveness of behavior change interventions, including physical activity interventions that rely on wearable technologies. The aim of this trial is to test the effectiveness of a common wireless pedometer with or without one of two types of incentives (cash or donations to charity) for reaching weekly physical activity goals. We present here the design and baseline characteristics of participants of this four arm randomized controlled trial. 800 full-time employees (desk-bound office workers) belonging to 15 different worksites (on average, 53 (sd: 37) employees at each worksite) were successfully randomized to one of four study arms. If shown to be effective, wearable technologies in concert with financial incentives may provide a scalable and affordable health promotion strategy for governments and employers seeking to increase the physical activity levels of their constituents.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation External
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Contemporary Clinical Trials
Citation Index SCI
Language English
Title Design and baseline characteristics of participants in the TRial of Economic Incentives to Promote Physical Activity (TRIPPA): A randomized controlled trial of a six month pedometer program with financial incentives
Volume 41
Year 2015
Page from 238
Page to 247
Reviewed? Y
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cct.2015.01.020
Open Access N

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Bilger, Marcel (Details)
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Evenson, Kelly R. (University of North Carolina, United States/USA)
Finkelstein, Eric A. (Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore)
Haaland, Benjamin A. (Georgia Institute of Technology, United States/USA)
John, Geraldine (Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore)
Khaing Nang, Ei Ei (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
Sahasranaman, Aarti (Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, Singapore)
Sloan, Robert A. (Kagoshima University, Japan)
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Health Economics and Policy Group AB (Details)
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