Barriers and facilitators influencing the implementation of the occupational health intervention 'Dynamic Work': a qualitative study

Victoria J E Z Mastenbroek, Judith G M Jelsma, Hidde P van der Ploeg, Dominique P M Stijnman, Maaike A Huysmans, Allard J van der Beek, Femke van Nassau

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BACKGROUND: Sedentary behavior is associated with an increased risk of morbidity and mortality. To reduce occupational sitting time of office workers, the multi-component intervention 'Dynamic Work' was implemented in a Dutch insurance company. Although the results showed no significant reductions in sitting time, associations were found between higher levels of implementation and reductions in sitting time. Building upon these findings, this qualitative study aimed to identify barriers and facilitators from an organizational perspective for the implementation of Dynamic Work. In addition, we explored differences in barriers and facilitators between departments with a low, middle and high level of implementation.

METHODS: In total, eighteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with two Dynamic Work coordinators, three occupational physiotherapists who delivered the intervention, and thirteen department managers. All participants were purposively sampled. The data was coded in Atlas.ti and a thematic analysis was performed guided by The Integrated Checklist of Determinants (TICD).

RESULTS: Implementation factors were related to the organization; working culture and financial support facilitated implementation. Factors related to the implementing department mainly hindered implementation, i.e. lack of information at start of the project, late delivery of Dynamic Work equipment, large group sizes, employee's workload and work tasks, and an ongoing reorganization. The facilitating role of managers was experienced as both enabling and hindering. The pre-existing familiarity of the occupational physiotherapists with the departments and alignment amongst the three implementers facilitated implementation. Yet, the non-obligatory nature of the intervention as well as limited availability and technical problems of equipment did not support implementation.

CONCLUSIONS: Various barriers and facilitators influenced the implementation of the Dynamic Work intervention, where the key role of the department manager, late delivery of dynamic work equipment and groups sizes varied between low and high implementing departments. These results can contribute to developing and improving implementation strategies in order to increase the effectiveness of future occupational health interventions.

TRIAL REGISTRATION: The study protocol was registered on April 14, 2017 in the Protocol Registration and Results System under registration number NCT03115645 .

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)947
JournalBMC public health
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2022


  • Humans
  • Occupational Health
  • Qualitative Research
  • Sedentary Behavior
  • Sitting Position
  • Workplace

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