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Currently submitted to: JMIR Research Protocols

Date Submitted: Oct 20, 2020
Open Peer Review Period: Oct 15, 2020 - Dec 10, 2020
(currently open for review)

Warning: This is an author submission that is not peer-reviewed or edited. Preprints - unless they show as "accepted" - should not be relied on to guide clinical practice or health-related behavior and should not be reported in news media as established information.

Physical activity, nutritional habits and sleeping behavior in health professions students and employees of a Swiss University of Applied Sciences during the COVID-19 period: A protocol for a questionnaire survey study

  • Slavko Rogan; 
  • Eefje Luijckx; 
  • Jan Taeymans; 
  • Heiner Baur

ABSTRACT

Background:

A new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 led to the COVID-19 pandemic since January 2020. To block the transmission of the virus, the Swiss Federal Council decided for a lockdown of the non-essential businesses. Students and employees of institutions for higher education were informed to install home-office and online lectures.

Objective:

The aim of this longitudinal survey will be to evaluate lifestyle habits such as physical activity, nutritional habits and sleeping behavior 1) during a two months period of confinement and social distancing and 2) one year after the COVID-19 pandemic time period in students and employees of a Swiss University of Applied Sciences.

Methods:

This manuscript describes a protocol for a retrospective and prospective observational cohort study. Students and employees from the Bern University of Applied Sciences – Department of Health Professions (BFH-DHP) will be invited to complete an anonymous online survey during the COVID-19 confinement period, followed by a second survey scheduled one year after the lockdown. Information on the lifestyle dimensions physical activity, nutrition and sleep will be gathered using adaptations of validated questionnaires.

Results:

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Conclusions:

This survey will give information about the impact of confinement during the COVID-19 crisis on physical activity, nutrition and sleep behavior in students and employees of BFH-DHP. Clinical Trial: ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT04502108


 Citation

Please cite as:

Rogan S, Luijckx E, Taeymans J, Baur H

Physical activity, nutritional habits and sleeping behavior in health professions students and employees of a Swiss University of Applied Sciences during the COVID-19 period: A protocol for a questionnaire survey study

JMIR Preprints. 20/10/2020:25051

DOI: 10.2196/preprints.25051

URL: https://preprints.jmir.org/preprint/25051

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