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'On Your Feet to Earn Your Seat', a habit-based intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in older adults: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

Gardner, B; Thuné-Boyle, I; Iliffe, S; Fox, KR; Jefferis, BJ; Hamer, M; Tyler, N; (2014) 'On Your Feet to Earn Your Seat', a habit-based intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in older adults: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials , 15 , Article 368. 10.1186/1745-6215-15-368. Green open access

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Many older adults are both highly sedentary (that is, spend considerable amounts of time sitting) and physically inactive (that is, do little physical activity). This protocol describes an exploratory trial of a theory-based behaviour change intervention in the form of a booklet outlining simple activities ('tips') designed both to reduce sedentary behaviour and to increase physical activity in older adults. The intervention is based on the 'habit formation' model, which proposes that consistent repetition leads to behaviour becoming automatic, sustaining activity gains over time. METHODS: The intervention is being developed iteratively, in line with Medical Research Council complex intervention guidelines. Selection of activity tips was informed by semi-structured interviews and focus groups with older adults, and input from a multidisciplinary expert panel. An ongoing preliminary field test of acceptability among 25 older adults will inform further refinement. An exploratory randomized controlled trial will be conducted within a primary care setting, comparing the tips booklet with a control fact sheet. Retired, inactive and sedentary adults (n = 120) aged 60 to 74 years, with no physical impairments precluding light physical activity, will be recruited from general practices in north London, UK. The primary outcomes are recruitment and attrition rates. Secondary outcomes are changes in behaviour, habit, health and wellbeing over 12 weeks. DISCUSSION: Data will be used to inform study procedures for a future, larger-scale definitive randomized controlled trial. TRIAL REGISTRATION: Current Controlled Trials ISRCTN47901994.

Type: Article
Title: 'On Your Feet to Earn Your Seat', a habit-based intervention to reduce sedentary behaviour in older adults: study protocol for a randomized controlled trial
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-15-368
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1745-6215-15-368
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014 Gardner 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/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver (http://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/) applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
Keywords: Age Factors, Aged, Aging, Behavior Therapy, England, Feasibility Studies, Female, Habits, Health Behavior, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Promotion, Health Status, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Pamphlets, Patient Education as Topic, Patient Selection, Primary Health Care, Research Design, Sedentary Lifestyle, Time Factors, Treatment Outcome
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1450312
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