News

GPs to do consultations using stand-up desks in health trial

By on

GPs are trialling stand-up desks in a study investigating the health impacts of reducing sedentary working.


Led by Loughborough University, in partnership with the Royal College of General Practitioners, the study will see 500 GPs throughout the UK take part in the trial.

The research team will recruit GPs from the East and West Midlands, with each asked to wear an ActivPAL device. The device will measure the time the GPs spend sitting and standing while using their usual work desk for consultations and then again using a standing desk.

Researchers want to find out how using the stand-up desk can be linked to positive health outcomes.

Professor Amanda Daley from Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences who is leading the project, said: “Historically, GPs and patients sit during consultations to facilitate good doctor-patient-rapport – we have all heard the familiar greeting from our GPs to ‘take a seat’. But we also know that GPs spend a long time sitting down during the working day – which can contribute to poor health outcomes – and evidence suggests that doctors often neglect their own health.

“Therefore, we need to find ways of getting GPs on their feet and moving more often. Standing consultations could help GPs to be more active, as well as highlighting to patients the importance of reducing and breaking up their sitting time.”

Prolonged sitting is harmful, even in people achieve the recommended levels of physical activity, the UK Chief Medical Officers’ physical activity guidelines published in September say. Adults should aim to minimise the amount of time spent being sedentary, and “when physically possible should break up long periods of inactivity with at least light physical activity.”

Standing consultations could help GPs be more active and highlight to patients the importance of reducing and breaking up sitting time. Photograph: iStock/AJ Watt

NEWS


Open plan iStock-1011792700_monkeybusinessimages SMLL.jpg

Only 5 per cent of firms expect staff in the office full time, says CBI

By Belinda Liversedge on 26 July 2021

93 per cent of firms plan to adopt hybrid working models, according to a Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report.



Istock MED 1212160149 William87

Masks only effective if ‘everyone does it’ warn health leaders

By Belinda Liversedge on 13 July 2021

Experience has taught us that we can’t guarantee people will behave responsibly to prevent Covid transmission and wear masks, the chair of the British Safety Council has warned.



Rekjavik Istock 1281062322 Elena Goosen MED

Iceland embraces four-day week after trial success

By Belinda Liversedge on 12 July 2021

The success of a pilot to trial the four-day working week in Iceland should be noted by other governments, the think tank which led the project has said.