Exploring the acceptability and feasibility of using activity monitors to support increased physical activity within an exercise referral scheme for adults with, or at risk of, a chronic health condition
ISPAH ePoster Library. Oliver E. Oct 15, 2018; 225538; 522
Dr. Emily Oliver
Dr. Emily Oliver
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Abstract Introduction:<\b>
Whilst there is evidence for initial effectiveness of exercise referral schemes for increasing physical activity, evidence of long-term effects is limited. In Wales, a trial of the National Exercise Referral Scheme [NERS] showed small but significant impacts on physical activity at 12-month follow-up. Technologies such as activity monitors may enhance long-term maintenance of activity by facilitating goal setting and progress monitoring and supporting intrinsic motivation. This pilot trial explored the acceptability and feasibility of implementing accelerometry-based activity monitors within NERS. Methods:<\b>
New NERS participants (mean age=57, 65% female) were randomised to receive either an activity monitor alongside NERS (n=88) or usual practice (n=68). Participants completed questionnaires at baseline, 16-weeks and 52-weeks. Twenty intervention participants and 12 NERS staff completed interviews at 4-weeks and 52-weeks. Results:<\b>
Findings suggest that participant experiences of utilising the activity monitors were mixed. Approximately half of participants reported that the devices were easy to use (49%) and met their expectations (57%). In interviews, some participants reported that the monitors helped them to become more aware of their physical activity levels and increased their motivation. Barriers to acceptability included general and device-specific wearability and technological problems, such as device malfunctioning and computer compatibility issues. Staff also reported device- and context-specific technological barriers to implementing the monitors alongside usual practice. Conclusion:<\b>
Whilst some findings were device-specific, there are broader lessons for future research and practice incorporating activity monitoring devices into physical activity interventions such as implications for delivery staff time and training. External funding details Health and Care Research Wales.
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