Background: There is a plethora of data regarding the negative health consequences of sitting, including increased cardiometabolic risk factors and all-cause mortality. Correctable actions should be identified. Methods: A literature review was performed to examine articles that identified sitting prevalence and health consequences. A survey querying average hours per day spent sitting was distributed to orthopaedic residents at a single institution. Statistical analysis of the data was performed using a 2-tailed t test. Results: A total of 25 orthopaedic residents were surveyed, and 20 responses were received. The average time spent sitting was 5.38 hours per day. There was equal representation among year in residency, with no statistically significant difference between year and sitting. Conclusions: The average orthopaedic resident sits less than the average American adult, yet may be at risk for increased all-cause and cardiometabolic mortality. Programs using standing desks should be considered as an intervention to decrease sitting time.
Packard, Benjamin D. and Richard A. Miller. "Prevalence of Prolonged Sitting Among Orthoapedic Residents." Western Journal of Orthopaedics 9, 1 (2020). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/wjo/vol9/iss1/4