Cancer Causes & Control

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 51–59

Tools for health: the efficacy of a tailored intervention targeted for construction laborers

  • Glorian Sorensen
  • Elizabeth M. Barbeau
  • Anne M. Stoddard
  • Mary Kay Hunt
  • Roberta Goldman
  • Ann Smith
  • Angela A. Brennan
  • Lorraine Wallace
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10552-006-0076-9

Cite this article as:
Sorensen, G., Barbeau, E.M., Stoddard, A.M. et al. Cancer Causes Control (2007) 18: 51. doi:10.1007/s10552-006-0076-9

Abstract

Objectives

Novel approaches to worksite health promotion are needed for high-risk workers who change job sites frequently, and thus may have limited access to worksite health promotion efforts. The objective of this study was to test a behavioral intervention among construction laborers.

Methods

Using a randomized-controlled design, we tested the efficacy of a tailored telephone-delivered and mailed intervention to promote smoking cessation and increased fruit and vegetable consumption (n = 582).

Results

At baseline, 40% of control group participants and 45% of intervention group participants reported using any tobacco in the last seven days. At final, 8% of baseline cigarette smokers in the control group had quit, compared to 19% in the intervention group (p = 0.03). In both groups, the mean consumption of fruits and vegetables at baseline was over five servings per day. At final, the intervention group had increased consumption by approximately one and one-half servings, compared to a slight decrease in consumption in the control group (p < 0.001).

Conclusions

A tailored intervention can be efficacious in promoting tobacco use cessation and increased fruit and vegetable consumption among construction laborers, a high-risk, mobile workforce.

Keywords

Smoking cessation Nutrition Blue-collar workers Labor unions Tailored intervention 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  • Glorian Sorensen
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elizabeth M. Barbeau
    • 1
    • 2
  • Anne M. Stoddard
    • 3
  • Mary Kay Hunt
    • 1
  • Roberta Goldman
    • 4
  • Ann Smith
    • 1
  • Angela A. Brennan
    • 5
  • Lorraine Wallace
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Community-Based ResearchDana-Farber Cancer InstituteBoston USA
  2. 2.Department of Society, Human Development and HealthHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA
  3. 3.New England Research InstitutesWatertownUSA
  4. 4.Center for Primary Care and PreventionBrown UniversityPawtucketUSA
  5. 5.Laborers’ Health and Safety Fund of North AmericaWashingtonUSA

Personalised recommendations