Motivating older people to move more: participant impressions of a physical activity intervention combining health coaching and activity trackers
ISPAH ePoster Library. Tiedemann A. 10/15/18; 225422; 301
Assoc. Prof. Anne Tiedemann
Assoc. Prof. Anne Tiedemann
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
This study evaluated participant impressions of a physical activity promotion strategy for people aged 60+, including telephone-based health coaching, activity trackers and fall risk assessment, currently being tested in a cluster randomised controlled trial. Methods:<\b>
This was a process evaluation of intervention group data. Participants had completed 6 months of the physical activity promotion intervention and completed a survey, rating out of 10 (higher scores= more positive rating): a) overall program benefit; b) usefulness of health coaching; c) usefulness of activity tracker; and were asked if they would recommend the program to others. Descriptive statistics summarised the participant responses. Results:<\b>
134 participants (mean age 74, SD 10, 81 females) were included. Mean rating of program benefit was 7.5 (SD 1.8), with the main benefits being the health coach support to meet goals and stay motivated, increased awareness and use of the activity tracker to monitor activity and provide motivation. One hundred and eleven (83%) participants took part in the health coaching and mean rating of benefit was 8 (SD 1.2). Support, encouragement, motivation and tailoring of exercises were the main benefits cited. The activity tracker/pedometer was rated 8 (SD 1.1) for usefulness, with participants viewing it as a good motivator and reminder. Overall, 111 (83%) participants said they would recommend the program to others. Conclusion:<\b>
Our physical activity intervention was well received, and participants appreciated the support gained from regular contact with a health coach and feedback provided by the activity tracker. External funding details National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia
Abstract Introduction:<\b>
This study evaluated participant impressions of a physical activity promotion strategy for people aged 60+, including telephone-based health coaching, activity trackers and fall risk assessment, currently being tested in a cluster randomised controlled trial. Methods:<\b>
This was a process evaluation of intervention group data. Participants had completed 6 months of the physical activity promotion intervention and completed a survey, rating out of 10 (higher scores= more positive rating): a) overall program benefit; b) usefulness of health coaching; c) usefulness of activity tracker; and were asked if they would recommend the program to others. Descriptive statistics summarised the participant responses. Results:<\b>
134 participants (mean age 74, SD 10, 81 females) were included. Mean rating of program benefit was 7.5 (SD 1.8), with the main benefits being the health coach support to meet goals and stay motivated, increased awareness and use of the activity tracker to monitor activity and provide motivation. One hundred and eleven (83%) participants took part in the health coaching and mean rating of benefit was 8 (SD 1.2). Support, encouragement, motivation and tailoring of exercises were the main benefits cited. The activity tracker/pedometer was rated 8 (SD 1.1) for usefulness, with participants viewing it as a good motivator and reminder. Overall, 111 (83%) participants said they would recommend the program to others. Conclusion:<\b>
Our physical activity intervention was well received, and participants appreciated the support gained from regular contact with a health coach and feedback provided by the activity tracker. External funding details National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia
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