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Multi-centre trial of promoting physical activity in people aged 65 and over in general practice: protocol of the ProAct65+study

ILIFFE, S; Kendrick, D; Skelton, D; Dinan, S; Morris, R; Gage, H; Stevens, Z; (2010) Multi-centre trial of promoting physical activity in people aged 65 and over in general practice: protocol of the ProAct65+study. Trials , 11 (6) 10.1186/1745-6215-11-6. Green open access

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Abstract

Background Regular physical activity reduces the risk of mortality from all causes, with a powerful beneficial effect on risk of falls and hip fractures. However, physical activity levels are low in the older population and previous studies have demonstrated only modest, short-term improvements in activity levels with intervention. Design/Methods Pragmatic 3 arm parallel design cluster controlled trial of class-based exercise (FAME), home-based exercise (OEP) and usual care amongst older people (aged 65 years and over) in primary care. The primary outcome is the achievement of recommended physical activity targets 12 months after cessation of intervention. Secondary outcomes include functional assessments, predictors of exercise adherence, the incidence of falls, fear of falling, quality of life and continuation of physical activity after intervention, over a two-year follow up. An economic evaluation including participant and NHS costs will be embedded in the clinical trial. Discussion The ProAct65 trial will explore and evaluate the potential for increasing physical activity among older people recruited through general practice. The trial will be conducted in a relatively unselected population, and will address problems of selective recruitment, potentially low retention rates, variable quality of interventions and falls risk. Trial Registration Trial Registration: ISRCTN43453770

Type: Article
Title: Multi-centre trial of promoting physical activity in people aged 65 and over in general practice: protocol of the ProAct65+study
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-11-6
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-11-6
Language: English
Additional information: © 2010 Iliffe et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Population Health Sciences > Institute of Epidemiology and Health > Primary Care and Population Health
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1340080
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