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To Sit or Not to Sit

Sedentary lifestyle and sitting, in particular, has been identified as a cardiovascular risk factor.  A Cochrane review examined the effectiveness of workplace measures to reduce sitting. The conclusions: The quality of evidence was very low to low for most interventions mainly because studies were very poorly designed and because they had very few participants. We conclude that at present there is very low quality evidence that sit-stand desks can reduce sitting at work at the short term. There is no evidence for other types of interventions. We need research to assess the effectiveness of different types of interventions for decreasing sitting at workplaces in the long term.

The hyperlink is the full review. It is instructive with respect to  the assessment of clinical trial quality (biases etc) in addition to the primary question. There was no data on the hard cardiovascular end point of interventions.

 

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