Using Peers to Promote Exercise in Older Adults
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Study Start Date:||February 2003|
|Study Completion Date:||January 2007|
|Primary Completion Date:||January 2007 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Despite the recognized benefits of regular physical activity, older adults remain among the most inactive segments of the U.S. population. A number of studies have demonstrated the health impact and resultant reduction in chronic disease risk achieved by improving physical activity patterns. Effective telephone-based counseling approaches for promoting and sustaining regular physical activity among older adults have been developed and validated. Such mediated interventions provide a level of individual tailoring and ongoing support to long-term adherence, while allowing for ongoing program delivery that is more flexible, convenient, and potentially lower-cost than face-to face program delivery formats. Telephone-based delivery format also allows for potentially greater reach into segments of the older population that may find it difficult or unappealing to come to community settings on a regular basis.
A 12-month randomized trial in which women and men ages 50 years and above living in the San Francisco Bay area who meet medical and physical activity criteria, following a baseline evaluation, be randomized to one of three study arms: telephone-supervised, home-based physical activity instruction via a trained health educator; telephone-supervised, home-based physical activity instruction via a supervised peer facilitator; or an attention-control arm consisting of health educator-based telephone delivery of non-physical activity oriented health information and support. All subjects will have a follow-up evaluation at 6 and 12 months.