Offshore workers and health behaviour change: an exploration using the Theoretical Domains Framework

Kathrine Gibson Smith, Vibhu Paudyal (Corresponding Author), Francis Quinn, Susan Klein, Derek Stewart

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Background: Previous research has identified the importance of promoting behaviour change within the offshore workforce. This qualitative study sought to: identify self-care behaviours perceived to require behaviour change within the offshore workforce, and explore perceived potential behavioural determinants. Materials and methods: This study included the perspectives of both offshore workers (OWs, n = 16) and healthcare practitioners (HCPs, n = 12) from the global workforce. Telephone interviews were conducted,recorded electronically and transcribed. Transcripts were analysed independently by two researchers using a Framework Approach and the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF) to support coding. Results: Healthy eating and alcohol intake were behaviours perceived by OWs and HCPs to require change within the offshore workforce. Knowledge (e.g. availability of nutritional knowledge), intentions (e.g. role of motivation), memory, attention and decision process (e.g. effect of boredom), environmental context and resources (e.g. influence of environmental stressors), social influences (e.g. influence of others), emotion(e.g. influence of emotional state) and behavioural regulation (e.g. influence of willpower). TDF domains were reported by both OWs and HCPs in relation to OWs’ healthy eating and physical activity behaviours. Conclusions: The determinants identified as mechanisms of behaviour may be targeted in future interventions which aim to promote engagement in self-care within the offshore workforce.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248-256
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Maritime Health
Issue number4
Early online date19 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 20 Dec 2018

Bibliographical note

Availability of data and materials
The datasets generated and/or analysed during the current study are not publicly available due to reasons pertaining to confidentiality.

The study was funded by the Institute of Health and Wellbeing Studentship, Robert Gordon University.

All study participants. Institute of Health and Wellbeing PhD Studentship, Robert Gordon University, Petrofac Training Services, Aberdeen, Institute of Remote Healthcare, Professor Graham Furnace, Robert Gordon University, Oil and Gas
United Kingdom, Professor James Ferguson, Robert Gordon University, NHS Grampian, Dr Katie MacLure, Robert Gordon University, Dr Katrina Forbes-McKay, Robert Gordon University.


  • health
  • behaviour
  • health promotion
  • occupational health


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