A cluster randomised controlled trial to investigate the effectiveness and cost -effectiveness of a Structured Health Intervention For Truckers (The SHIFT Study)

Yorkshire & HumberGeneric Health Relevance
Start Date: 1 Jun 2017 End Date: 31 May 2020


Three years' work undertaken in partnership with a large transport company in the East Midlands. We have developed a Structured Health Intervention For Truckers (the SHIFT programme), a multicomponent, theory driven, health behaviour intervention designed to promote positive lifestyle changes in relation to physical activity (PA), diet, and sitting in lorry drivers.

This intervention has been informed by extensive Patient Public Involvment (PPI) involving drivers and relevant  stakeholders, an observational study (n=157) and a pre-post pilot intervention (n=57) with full process evaluation. Pilot testing revealed favourable increases in PA (steps/day), reductions in fasting blood glucose, LDLcholesterol, total cholesterol and waist-hip ratio.  

Research is to evaluate the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the SHIFT programme using a cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT). All outcome measures will be assessed at baseline, 6-and 12-months. The economic evaluation will explore the impact of changes in outcome measures at trial completion on longer term Health Related Quality of Life via changes in the likelihood of developing certain conditions (e.g. diabetes, cardiovascular disease [CVD]).

Read the news release from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)

Prof Gerry Richardson