The World Health Organization and the World Economic Forum have recommended further research to strengthen current knowledge
of workplace health programmes, particularly on effectiveness and using simple instruments. A pedometer is one such simpleinstrument
that can be incorporated in workplace interventions.
To assess the effectiveness of pedometer interventions in the workplace for increasing physical activity and improving subsequent health
Electronic searches of the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (671 potential papers), MEDLINE (1001), Embase (965),
CINAHL (1262), OSH UPDATE databases (75) and Web of Science (1154) from the earliest record to between 30th January and
6th February 2012 yielded 3248 unique records. Reference lists of articles yielded an additional 34 papers. Contact with individuals
and organisations did not produce any further records.
We included individual and cluster-randomised controlled trials of workplace health promotion interventions with a pedometer
component in employed adults. The primary outcome was physical activity and was part of the eligibility criteria. We considered
subsequent health outcomes, including adverse effects, as secondary outcomes.
Data collection and analysis
Two review authors undertook the screening of titles and abstracts and the full-text papers independently. Two review authors (RFP
and MC) independently completed data extraction and risk of bias assessment. We contacted authors to obtain additional data and