Nurse Counseling for Physical Activity in Primary Care Patients

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00013195
First received: March 14, 2001
Last updated: October 25, 2013
Last verified: February 2007
  Purpose

Many elderly primary care patients are at high risk for health complications and functional impairment due to low levels of physical activity. Previous trials of counseling of elderly patients in primary care clinics have not demonstrated lasting physical activity change and have not evaluated fitness changes associated with any increased activity.


Condition Intervention
Chronic Disease
Exercise
Behavioral: Telephone Care

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Nurse Counseling for Physical Activity in Primary Care Patients

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Further study details as provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:

Estimated Enrollment: 210
Study Completion Date: June 2000
Arms Assigned Interventions
Arm 1 Behavioral: Telephone Care

Detailed Description:

Background:

Many elderly primary care patients are at high risk for health complications and functional impairment due to low levels of physical activity. Previous trials of counseling of elderly patients in primary care clinics have not demonstrated lasting physical activity change and have not evaluated fitness changes associated with any increased activity.

Objectives:

The primary objective was to determine if nurse telephone counseling could assist 60 to 80 year old VA primary care patients to establish and maintain a regular walking program.

Methods:

In this randomized clinical trial, 60-80 year old patients were referred to a walking program by primary care providers. All participants received individualized counseling by the nurse and, over the next year, one of three follow-up interventions: 1) 20 calls initiated by the nurse; 2) ten calls initiated by the nurse and ten initiated by an automated telephone message delivery system; or 3) no follow-up calls. All kept walking diaries and mailed these in to a data collector blinded to intervention group. Follow-up research visits were scheduled at six and 12 months. Self-reported walking, the primary outcome measure, was assessed from the walking diaries and validated by reports of significant others and accelerometer data. Improvement in fitness was assessed at 12 months with a standardized six minute walking test. Tinetti mobility scores, body mass index, and body girths were also assessed. Several quality of life measures were also administered.

Status:

Complete.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years to 80 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

60-80 year old patients referred to a walking program by a primary care provider.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00013195

Sponsors and Collaborators
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Patricia M. Dubbert, PhD Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System (North Little Rock)
  More Information

Publications:
Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Department of Veterans Affairs
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00013195     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: NRM 95-022
Study First Received: March 14, 2001
Last Updated: October 25, 2013
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by Department of Veterans Affairs:
Telephone

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Chronic Disease
Disease Attributes
Pathologic Processes

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on July 26, 2014