Promoting physical activity to older adults in general practice

Armit, C.M., Brown, W.J., Ritchie, C.B., Marshall, A., Trost, S.G., & Green, A. (2004) Promoting physical activity to older adults in general practice. In Finch, C. (Ed.) 2004 Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport Hot Topics from the Red Centre, 6–9 October 2004, Alice Springs Convention Centre, Alice Springs.

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This study aimed to assess the efficacy of a general practice based intervention to increase physical activity (PA) levels among 50-70 year old adults. One hundred and thirty-six inactive patients (50-70 years) were randomised into three groups. All participants received brief advice and a written prescription from a GP. Group one received this 'usual care' only (GP, n=46); group two received individualised counselling and follow-up contact from an Exercise Scientist (ES, n=45); group three received a pedometer to supplement the ES counselling (PED, n=45). The Active Australia Survey was administered at baseline, after the 12- week intervention and at a 24-week follow-up. One-way ANOVA showed no significant group differences at baseline in self-reported PA. Average time spent walking increased in all three groups at the 24-week follow-up (GP, 68158min/wk, p=0.006; ES, 83160min/wk, p=0.001; PED, 87132min/wk, p<0.001). Total time in PA (weighted min/wk) also increased significantly in all three groups (GP, 98 213min/wk, p=0.003; ES, 108 182min/wk, p<0.001; PED, 158 229min/wk, p<0.001 ). The proportion of participants who initially did not meet National PA Guidelines (150 minutes and 5 sessions/week) but who met the Guidelines at the 12 and 24-week follow-up was 15% (12 weeks) and 20% (24 weeks) in the GP group compared with 36% and 24% in the ES group and 20% and 42% in the PED group. All three intervention strategies were effective in increasing PA, but the ES intervention resulted in a higher proportion of active participants after 12 weeks and the PED group resulted in a higher proportion of active participants after 24 weeks.

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ID Code: 72556
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
Additional Information: Abstract no. 90 published in Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, Volume 7, Issue 4, Supplement 1, December 2004, Pages 53
DOI: 10.1016/S1440-2440(04)80148-8
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 04 Jun 2014 02:13
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2014 00:12

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