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Workplace pedometer interventions for increasing physical activity

  1. Rosanne LA Freak-Poli1,*,
  2. Miranda Cumpston2,
  3. Anna Peeters3,
  4. Stacy A Clemes4

Editorial Group: Cochrane Work Group

Published Online: 30 APR 2013

Assessed as up-to-date: 30 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009209.pub2


How to Cite

Freak-Poli RLA, Cumpston M, Peeters A, Clemes SA. Workplace pedometer interventions for increasing physical activity. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD009209. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD009209.pub2.

Author Information

  1. 1

    Monash University, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  2. 2

    The Cochrane Collaboration, Cochrane Editorial Unit, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  3. 3

    Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Diabetes, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

  4. 4

    Loughborough University, School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough, Leicestershire, UK

*Rosanne LA Freak-Poli, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Alfred Hospital, Commercial Road, Melbourne, Victoria, 3004, Australia. Rosanne.Freak-Poli@monash.edu.

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  1. Publication Status: New
  2. Published Online: 30 APR 2013

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References to studies included in this review

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  3. References to studies awaiting assessment
  4. References to ongoing studies
  5. Additional references
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Maruyama 2010 {published data only}
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Morgan 2011 {published data only}
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Talbot 2011 {published data only}
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References to studies awaiting assessment

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Aittasalo 2012 {published data only}
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