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10 Prescriptions an Hour. Group Treatment and Physical Activity Referral in a Primary Health Care Setting (10PAR)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Region Skane Identifier:
First received: May 18, 2011
Last updated: November 23, 2012
Last verified: October 2012
The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of group treatment including physical activity referral (PAR) on level of physical activity and quality of life in patients diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and/or hypertension in a primary health care setting

Condition Intervention
Type 2 Diabetes
Behavioral: Group treatment and PAR

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Randomized Controlled Trial of Group Treatment With Physical Activity Referral in a Primary Health Care Setting

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Further study details as provided by Region Skane:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Physical activity level [ Time Frame: Up to 1 year ]
    Physical activity level is measured with an Actigraph GTM1/3. Overall physical activity, and total accumulated time and bouts of time in different categories of physical activity, will be determined according to count thresholds. Additonally subjective measurements of physical acidity are made using a questionnaire were questions about self-reported physical activity are reported (the International Physical Activity Questionnaire; IPAQ). Subjectively measured physical activity will be expressed as MET-minutes/week.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Quality of life, measured using the EQ-5D questionnaire [ Time Frame: 1 year ]
    EQ-5D, a validated instrument that classifies health according to five items (mobility, self-care, usual activities, pain/discomfort and anxiety/depression), each of which has three alternatives ("no problem", "moderate problem" and "severe problem"). Combining the answers gives an index with a score of between 0.59 and 1.0.

Enrollment: 105
Study Start Date: March 2011
Study Completion Date: September 2012
Primary Completion Date: June 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Group treatment and PAR Behavioral: Group treatment and PAR
Group treatment (8-12 patients per group) involving an empowerment-based process and the 5-A model and including PAR. Two group sessions, 6 months apart. The estimated total time for both group sessions together is 100 minutes.
No Intervention: Usual care

Detailed Description:

A sedentary lifestyle and low levels of physical activity in populations are major health problems today and contribute substantially to poor health and diseases such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension. An increased and systematic effort to increase physical activity in the Swedish population in general, and in patients with type 2 diabetes/hypertension in particular, is important. Written prescriptions of physical activity with follow-up (i.e., PAR), is a cost-efficient way to increase physical activity in individuals.

The aim of this trial is to study whether physical activity is increased by a group method involving PARs in patients with hypertension and/or type 2 diabetes compared with a control group that receives usual care in the same primary care setting. Follow-up will be performed at 6 and 12 months.

This trial is being conducted to determine whether it is possible to offer PARs to more patients in a way that requires less effort and resources. The intervention in this study requires 10 minutes of a health care worker's time per patient during a 6-month period. Each patient requires 100 minutes with an instructor who oversees the group intervention.

Group treatment is given 3 weeks after baseline and at 6 months. Follow-up at 12 months involves data collection, but no intervention.

An empowerment process, with the 5-A-model as framework, will be used in the clinical intervention.

All participants will be required to fill in questionnaires and wear an ActiGraph GTM1/GTM3 for 7 days at baseline and at 6 and 12 months.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 79 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical diagnosis of hypertension or type 2 diabetes since 10-09-2009 at St Hans Primary Health Care Center, Lund, Sweden

Exclusion criteria:

  • Dementia
  • Psychosis
  • Drug abuse
  • Mental retardation
  • Inability to walk without assistance
  • Inability to speak Swedish
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01357304

Center for Primary Health Care Research, Lund University/Region Skane
Malmö, Sweden
Sponsors and Collaborators
Region Skane
  More Information

Responsible Party: Region Skane Identifier: NCT01357304     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Dnr 2011/95
Study First Received: May 18, 2011
Last Updated: November 23, 2012

Keywords provided by Region Skane:
Group treatment
Physical activity referral
Type 2 diabetes

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Diabetes Mellitus, Type 2
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Diabetes Mellitus
Glucose Metabolism Disorders
Metabolic Diseases
Endocrine System Diseases processed this record on April 26, 2017