Occupational activity

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Learn more about the measures of occupation-related physical activity across selected CLOSER studies

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Occupational activity is the most sparsely measured domain in the studies covered by this guide, with data collected only across NSHD and NCDS from ages 33-55y. These measures are listed in the table below. Participants in both studies reported on a number of work-related activities in which they regularly engaged, including sitting, standing, taking stairs, walking, and moving/pushing heavy objects.

NCDS 33y asks about general physical activity at work (“how much physical effort is involved in your job”) while NSHD 36y asks about frequency of specific activities (“Time spent a) sitting b) walking, c) lifting during course of work”), although both use the same response options (none, a little, some, a lot)).

NSHD 43y and NCDS 44y ask questions similar about activities engaged in at work (NSHD: “At work do you regularly do any heavy lifting, carrying, or digging or other strenuous activities?”; NCDS: “Have you done each activity at work in the last year?”) and the included activities can be compared (NSHD: heavy lifting and carrying objects, NCDS: moving/pushing heavy objects).

AgeStudyVariable name(s)Question wordingResponse scale(s)Included activitiesTimespan of recall
33NCDSN504361"How much physical effort is involved in your job"none, a little, some, a lot*not specified
36NSHDSIT82 WALK82 LIFT82"Time spent a)sitting b)walking, c)lifting during course of work"little, very little, moderate, a lot;

none, less than half, about half, > half, practically all the time
walking, sitting, heavy objectsnot specified
43NSHDLIFT89"At work do you regularly do any heavy lifting, carrying, or digging or other strenuous activities?"not at all, < 1 hr a day, 1-2 hr a day, up to half a day, > half the dayheavy lifting, carrying, digging, strenuous activitiesnot specified
44NCDSsitlt sitlthr - movob movobhr"Have you done each activity at work in the last year?"light, moderate, heavy;

hours/week
sitting, standing, walking, moving/pushing heaving objects, other activitiesin past year
44NCDSwkstair wkladd"At work, how many times a day do you normally: a) Climb up a flight of stairs (10 steps), b) Climb up a ladder"occurrences/daystairs, laddernot specified
50NCDSN8PHYSWK"Physical activities involved in your work. Which option best correspond to your present activities?"sitting, standing, physical work, heavy manual worknot specified
55NCDSN9PHYSWK"Physical activities involved in your work. Which option best correspond to your present activities?"sitting, standing, physical work, heavy manual worknot specified

Notes. *Participation in individual activities was not recorded.

 


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This page is part of the CLOSER resource: ‘Physical activity across age and study: a guide to data in six CLOSER studies’.