Tying Devices as a Means of Increasing Exercise

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified October 2011 by University of Pennsylvania.
Recruitment status was  Not yet recruiting
Sponsor:
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Katherine Milkman, University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01410812
First received: August 3, 2011
Last updated: October 17, 2011
Last verified: October 2011
  Purpose

The investigators propose that healthy behaviors such as exercise could be increased through the use of tying devices - mechanisms that force a coupling of addictive activities (listening to the next chapter of a page-turner novel) with engagement in a healthy behavior (exercise).


Condition Intervention
Healthy
Behavioral: Control
Behavioral: Suggested Tying Intervention
Behavioral: Forced Tying Intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care

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Further study details as provided by University of Pennsylvania:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Increase in gym attendance [ Time Frame: up to 52 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Experience of healthful benefits [ Time Frame: up to 52 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    examples include weigh loss, lowered pulse rate, etc.

  • Willingness to pay to be enrolled for the second semester [ Time Frame: up to 52 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 210
Study Start Date: September 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Suggested Tying
Receive same treatments as control group, but instead of receiving cash they receive 4 iTunes audio novels for their own iPods. Further, they are prompted to try to listen to those novels only when exercising at the gym in order to increase their attendance.
Behavioral: Suggested Tying Intervention
Participants receive 4 iTunes audio novels for their own iPods to listen to only at the gym
Experimental: Forced Tying
Receives same treatment as the control group. However, in addition to receiving the cash, they also receive 4 iTunes audio novels for a loaned iPod that they will only have access to at the gym. They are told they may only listen to these novels only when at the gym in order to increase their attendance.
Behavioral: Forced Tying Intervention
Participants receive cash and also 4 iTunes audio novels for a loaned iPod accessible only at the gym to listen to only at the gym.
Experimental: Control
Control group of participants who do not receive any intervention but are weighed at the beginning and end of a 10 week period and receive weekly emails asking them about their exercise. They also receive the equivalent cash value of 4 iTunes audio novels
Behavioral: Control
Receive weekly emails asking participants about their exercise and receive cash.

Detailed Description:

The study will test the effect of the following treatments as a means of increasing gym attendance over 10 weeks: 1. Participants receive access to 4 iTunes audio novels on their own iPods and prompted to listen to those novels only when exercising at the gym; 2: Participants receive 4 iTunes audio novels for a loaned iPod that they will only have access to at the gym; 3: Participants receive weekly emails asking them about their exercise.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 75 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Stable health as determined by the screening of their medical history
  • Own an iPod
  • An interest in exercising more regularly
  • Belong to the Pottruck Gym at University of Pennsylvania
  • Interested in exercising more through the use of aerobic exercise machines

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Recent myocardial infraction
  • congestive heart failure
  • uncontrolled hypertension
  • self-report of 6 or more alcoholic beverages per day or use of any illicit drugs
  • bulimia nervosa or related behaviors
  • diabetes medication
  Contacts and Locations
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01410812

Contacts
Contact: Katherine L. Milkman, Ph.D. kmilkman@wharton.upenn.edu

Locations
United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania Not yet recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Contact: Katherine L. Milkman, Ph.D.    215-573-9646    kmilkman@wharton.upenn.edu   
Principal Investigator: Katherine L. Milkman, Ph.D.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Pennsylvania
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Katherine L. Milkman, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Julia A Minson University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Kevin G.M. Volpp, MD, Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania
  More Information

No publications provided

Responsible Party: Katherine Milkman, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01410812     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 813970
Study First Received: August 3, 2011
Last Updated: October 17, 2011
Health Authority: United States: Institutional Review Board

Keywords provided by University of Pennsylvania:
Interest in exercising more

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on April 22, 2014