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Truck drivers' perceptions on wearable devices and health promotion: a qualitative study.

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Title: Truck drivers' perceptions on wearable devices and health promotion: a qualitative study.
Authors: Greenfield, R
Busink, E
Wong, CP
Riboli-Sasco, E
Greenfield, G
Majeed, A
Car, J
Wark, PA
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: Professional truck drivers, as other shift workers, have been identified as a high-risk group for various health conditions including cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes, sleep apnoea and stress. Mobile health technologies can potentially improve the health and wellbeing of people with a sedentary lifestyle such as truck drivers. Yet, only a few studies on health promotion interventions related to mobile health technologies for truck drivers have been conducted. We aimed to explore professional truck drivers views on health promotion delivered via mobile health technologies such as wearable devices.We conducted a phenomenological qualitative study, consisting of four semi-structured focus groups with 34 full-time professional truck drivers in the UK. The focus groups were audio-taped, transcribed verbatim and analysed using thematic content analysis. We discussed drivers perceptions of their health, lifestyle and work environment, and their past experience and expectations from mobile health technologies.The participants viewed their lifestyle as unhealthy and were aware of possible consequences. They expressed the need and wish to change their lifestyle, yet perceived it as an inherent, unavoidable outcome of their occupation. Current health improvement initiatives were not always aligned with their working conditions. The participants were generally willing to use mobile health technologies such as wearable devices, as a preventive measure to avoid prospect morbidity, particularly cardiovascular diseases. They were ambivalent about privacy and the risk of their employers monitoring their clinical data.Wearable devices may offer new possibilities for improving the health and wellbeing of truck drivers. Drivers were aware of their unhealthy lifestyle. They were interested in changing their lifestyle and health. Drivers raised concerns regarding being continuously monitored by their employer. Health improvement initiatives should be aligned with the unique working conditions of truck drivers. Future research is needed to examine the impact of wearable devices on improving the health and wellbeing of professional drivers.
Issue Date: 30-Jul-2016
Date of Acceptance: 19-Jul-2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/38584
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-016-3323-3
ISSN: 1471-2458
Publisher: BioMed Central
Journal / Book Title: BMC Public Health
Volume: 16
Copyright Statement: © 2016 The Author(s). Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Keywords: Focus groups, qualitative study
Health promotion
Health technology
Motor vehicles
Occupational health
Public health
Shift work
Wearable devices
Public Health
1117 Public Health And Health Services
Publication Status: Published
Article Number: 677
Appears in Collections:School of Public Health