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Offshore workers and health behaviour change: an exploration using the Theoretical Domains Framework

Kathrine Gibson Smith, Vibhu Paudyal, Francis Quinn, Susan Klein, Derek Stewart
DOI: 10.5603/IMH.2018.0040
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Pubmed: 30589064
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International Maritime Health 2018;69(4):248-256.

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Vol 69, No 4 (2018)
MARITIME/OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE Original article
Published online: 2018-12-19
Submitted: 2018-04-19
Accepted: 2018-12-06

Abstract

Background: Previous research has identified the importance of promoting behaviour change within the
offshore workforce. This qualitative study sought to: identify self-care behaviours perceived to require behaviour
change within the offshore workforce, and explore perceived potential behavioural determinants.
Materials and methods: This study included the perspectives of both offshore workers (OWs, n = 16) and
healthcare practitioners (HCPs, n = 12) from the global workforce. Telephone interviews were conducted,
recorded electronically and transcribed. Transcripts were analysed independently by two researchers using
a Framework Approach and the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) to support coding.
Results: Healthy eating and alcohol intake were behaviours perceived by OWs and HCPs to require change
within the offshore workforce. Knowledge (e.g. availability of nutritional knowledge), intentions (e.g. role of
motivation), memory, attention and decision process (e.g. effect of boredom), environmental context and
resources (e.g. influence of environmental stressors), social influences (e.g. influence of others), emotion
(e.g. influence of emotional state) and behavioural regulation (e.g. influence of willpower). TDF domains
were reported by both OWs and HCPs in relation to OWs’ healthy eating and physical activity behaviours.
Conclusions: The determinants identified as mechanisms of behaviour may be targeted in future interventions
which aim to promote engagement in self-care within the offshore workforce.

Abstract

Background: Previous research has identified the importance of promoting behaviour change within the
offshore workforce. This qualitative study sought to: identify self-care behaviours perceived to require behaviour
change within the offshore workforce, and explore perceived potential behavioural determinants.
Materials and methods: This study included the perspectives of both offshore workers (OWs, n = 16) and
healthcare practitioners (HCPs, n = 12) from the global workforce. Telephone interviews were conducted,
recorded electronically and transcribed. Transcripts were analysed independently by two researchers using
a Framework Approach and the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) to support coding.
Results: Healthy eating and alcohol intake were behaviours perceived by OWs and HCPs to require change
within the offshore workforce. Knowledge (e.g. availability of nutritional knowledge), intentions (e.g. role of
motivation), memory, attention and decision process (e.g. effect of boredom), environmental context and
resources (e.g. influence of environmental stressors), social influences (e.g. influence of others), emotion
(e.g. influence of emotional state) and behavioural regulation (e.g. influence of willpower). TDF domains
were reported by both OWs and HCPs in relation to OWs’ healthy eating and physical activity behaviours.
Conclusions: The determinants identified as mechanisms of behaviour may be targeted in future interventions
which aim to promote engagement in self-care within the offshore workforce.

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Keywords

health; behaviour; health promotion; occupational health

About this article
Title

Offshore workers and health behaviour change: an exploration using the Theoretical Domains Framework

Journal

International Maritime Health

Issue

Vol 69, No 4 (2018)

Article type

Original article

Pages

248-256

Published online

2018-12-19

DOI

10.5603/IMH.2018.0040

Pubmed

30589064

Bibliographic record

International Maritime Health 2018;69(4):248-256.

Keywords

health
behaviour
health promotion
occupational health

Authors

Kathrine Gibson Smith
Vibhu Paudyal
Francis Quinn
Susan Klein
Derek Stewart

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