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Text-Messaging to Motivate Walking in Older African Americans

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University of Pennsylvania
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Georgetown University Identifier:
First received: September 27, 2012
Last updated: NA
Last verified: September 2011
History: No changes posted

This study examined the impact of using a motivational mobile text messaging intervention to increase step count among older community-dwelling African Americans. Secondary aims were to study the effects of text messaging on self-reported leisure time exercise behavior.


Participants in the motivational mobile text messaging group will have an increase step count after 6-weeks.

Condition Intervention
Physical Activity Motor Activity Behavioral: Motivational text messaging

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: An Motivational Text Messaging Walking Program for Older African Americans

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Further study details as provided by Georgetown University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Primary outcome measure was step count [ Time Frame: 6-weeks ]
    Motivational text messaging led to greater improvements in step count (+679 vs. +398; P < .05)

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Secondary outcome measure was perceived activity levels assessed by the Leisure Time Exercise Questionnaire (LTEQ). [ Time Frame: 6-weeks ]
    Motivational text messaging led to greater improvements perceived activity levels (P < .05) than the group who did not receive any text messages.

Enrollment: 36
Study Start Date: October 2010
Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: July 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Intervention Group
Motivational text messaging
Behavioral: Motivational text messaging
Motivational text messaging was given for participants in the intervention group - 3 times a day, 3 times a week, for 6 weeks
No Intervention: Control Group
Step count

Detailed Description:

Background: Older minority populations can benefit from increased physical activity, especially walking. Text messaging interventions have the potential to encourage positive changes in health behavior in these groups.

Purpose: To examine if a six week program of motivational text messaging increases physical activity (step count) among older African Americans in an urban setting.

Design: Randomized, controlled trial pilot study with assignment to motivational text messaging group or a control group.

Setting/Participants: Thirty-six African Americans aged 60 to 85.

Intervention: The intervention group received motivational text messages three times a day, three days a week, for six weeks. Both groups received pedometers and walking manuals to record step counts. Study was conducted and analyzed in 2011.

Main Outcome Measures: Primary outcome measure was step count. Secondary outcome measure was perceived activity levels assessed by the Leisure Time Exercise Questionnaire (LTEQ).

Results/Conclusion: In press - American Journal of Preventive Medicine (Jan 2013)


Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years to 85 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • African American community-dwelling adults aged 60 to 85 who were recruited from senior centers.
  • had to be healthy (no restrictions and medical clearance to walk)
  • had to have a mobile phone with text messaging capability

Exclusion Criteria:

  • (a) any physical, psychological illness, or medical problems that restricted them from walking; (b) did not own a mobile phone with text messaging capability; or (c) were not willing or able to follow study procedures.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01697475

United States, Pennsylvania
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104
Sponsors and Collaborators
Georgetown University
University of Pennsylvania
Principal Investigator: Bang Kim, PhD Georgetown University
Study Director: Karen Glanz, PhD University of Pennsylvania
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Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Georgetown University Identifier: NCT01697475     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AJPM 12-0206-126R
Study First Received: September 27, 2012
Last Updated: September 27, 2012 processed this record on August 18, 2017