Sheffield Physical Activity Booster Trial

This study has been completed.
NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Richard Hudson, University of Sheffield Identifier:
First received: February 3, 2009
Last updated: December 1, 2014
Last verified: December 2014
Adults that increase their physical activity can improve their health, and reduce future risks to health, but long−term changes are difficult to sustain. This study assesses whether it is worth providing further support, 3 months after giving initial advice, to those who have managed to do more physical activity. All participants will initially be given an interactive DVD. A researcher from Sheffield Hallam University will provide two telephone follow ups at one month intervals to assess physical activity levels. Only those that have increased their physical activity at this point will remain in the study. These participants will receive a "mini booster", a "full booster" or no booster. The "mini booster" consists of a two telephone calls one month apart to discuss physical activity and usage of the DVD. A "full booster" consists of a face−to−face meeting with the facilitator at the same intervals. The purpose of these booster sessions is to help the individual to maintain their increase in physical activity. The investigators will measure the differences in physical activity, quality of life and costs, associated with the booster interventions, 3 months and 9 months from randomisation. The research will be carried out in 20 of the most deprived neighbourhoods in Sheffield. These locations have large, ethnically diverse populations, high levels of economic deprivation, low levels of physical activity, poorer health and shorter life expectancy. Participants will be recruited through general practices and community groups, as well as by postal invitation to ensure the participation of minority ethnic groups and those with lower levels of literacy. Sheffield City Council and Primary Care Trust fund a range of facilities and activities to promote physical activity and variations in access to these between neighbourhoods will make it possible to examine whether the effectiveness of the intervention is modified by access to community facilities.

Condition Intervention
Public Health
Behavioral: Mini Booster
Behavioral: Full Booster

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: A Randomised Controlled Trial and Cost-effectiveness Evaluation of "Booster" Interventions to Sustain Increases in Physical Activity in Middle-aged Adults in Deprived Urban Neighbourhoods.

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Further study details as provided by University of Sheffield:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical activity measured by accelerometry. [ Time Frame: 3 months post-randomisation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical activity assessed by accelerometry. [ Time Frame: 9 months post-randomisation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Self−reported moderate or strenuous physical activity using the Scottish Physical Activity Questionnaire (SPAQ, incorporating Stage of Change information) which records type and duration of activities in the previous week [ Time Frame: 3 months and 9 months post-randomisation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Health−related quality of life using the Sheffield Version SF−12v2 plus 4 survey instrument [ Time Frame: 3 months and 9 months post-randomisation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Self−reported use of community facilities for physical activity [ Time Frame: 3 months and 9 months post-randomisation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Self−reported health and social care contacts [ Time Frame: 3 months and 9 months post-randomisation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Psychological measures of motivation, assessed using BREQ−2 (Mullan et al, 1997) [ Time Frame: 3 months and 9 months post-randomisation ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 282
Study Start Date: November 2009
Study Completion Date: December 2013
Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
No Intervention: Control
Experimental: Mini Booster Behavioral: Mini Booster
Two telephone-based physical activity consultations, delivered in a motivational interviewing style, at one month and two months from randomisation
Experimental: Full Booster Behavioral: Full Booster
Two face-to-face physical activity consultations, delivered in a motivational interviewing style, at one month and two months from randomisation


Ages Eligible for Study:   40 Years to 64 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Residents of the 20 most deprived neighbourhoods in the city of Sheffield
  • Aged 40 to 64 years
  • Not achieving the current recommended activity level (30 mins of moderate activity on at least 5 days) assessed using the SPAQ (Lowther, 1999) and wishing to have support to become more active

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Have increased their physical activity level by at least 30 mins of moderate or vigorous activity per week (assessed using the SPAQ) since initial assessment of activity level
  • Capacity to give written informed consent to trial participation
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00836459

United Kingdom
Centre for Sport and Exercise Science, Sheffield Hallam University
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom, S10 2BP
Sponsors and Collaborators
Richard Hudson
NHS Health Technology Assessment Programme
Principal Investigator: Liddy Goyder, MD FFPH University of Sheffield
  More Information

Additional Information:
Goyder, Elizabeth, et al.

Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Richard Hudson, Sponsor, University of Sheffield Identifier: NCT00836459     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 120243, HTA: 07/25/02, IRAS: 08/H1308/270
Study First Received: February 3, 2009
Last Updated: December 1, 2014
Health Authority: United Kingdom: Research Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by University of Sheffield:
Middle Aged
Behavior Therapy
Directive Counseling
Health Behavior
Interview, Psychological
Physical Fitness
Self Efficacy
Life Style
Health Promotion
Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
Body Mass Index
Monitoring, Ambulatory
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