A Structured Health Intervention for Truckers (SHIFT)

Veronica Varela-Mato*, Nick Caddick, James A. King, Thomas Yates, David J. Stensel, Myra A. Nimmo, Stacy A. Clemes

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Objectives: To undertake a process-evaluation of a structured health intervention for truckers (SHIFT) implemented in a sample of UK lorry drivers. Methods: A combination of "debrief interviews," focus groups and one-to-one interviews, in addition to observations and reflections of the two lead researchers were used to collect data on the acceptability of SHIFT from a group of 16 lorry drivers and four transport managers. Results: The SHIFT program was considered relevant and acceptable to lorry drivers. It provided them with health information tailored to their specific health needs, long-lasting tools and techniques, which helped to raise their awareness of key health issues and helped to stimulate lifestyle changes during their daily routine. Conclusion: This process-evaluation suggests that the SHIFT program should now be evaluated on a larger scale and tested through fully randomized controlled trials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)377-385
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Apr 1
Externally publishedYes


  • industry
  • lorry drivers
  • novel health intervention
  • process evaluation
  • transport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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