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Together we Move: A Multi-component Intervention to Increase Physical Activity for Ethnic Minority Older Adults

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT03684070
Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified July 2019 by Carina Katigbak, Boston College.
Recruitment status was:  Active, not recruiting
First Posted : September 25, 2018
Last Update Posted : July 11, 2019
Brandeis University
Northeastern University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Carina Katigbak, Boston College

Brief Summary:

The benefits of physical activity (PA) for healthy aging are well known; however < 16% of U.S. older adults meet the federal recommendations for moderate to vigorous PA (MVPA). Asian Americans (AA) are a fast-growing segment of the older adult U.S. population and are likely to have limited English proficiency, lower-incomes, and low PA levels. Older AA adults are under represented in clinical trials and as a result, evidence-based PA programs remain inaccessible. Similarly, while the number of PA interventions for older adults incorporating technology to promote and sustain behavior change is increasing, the applicability and efficacy of these approaches for AA is poorly understood. Thus, there is a critical need to develop and test innovative PA interventions for this at-risk group.

The primary objective of this study is to evaluate if a culturally and linguistically adapted community-based walking program enhanced with a cognitive behavioral intervention delivered via WeChat - a widely used Chinese social networking application - (enhanced walking) improves physical activity compared with walking only. Secondary objectives are to identify participant experiences in engaging in this platform to improve PA, and gain insights into the scalability of the intervention for future pivotal trials. The proposed research is a randomized, controlled trial that will recruit 60 community-dwelling Chinese older adults. The primary outcomes are PA (measured by FitBit step counts over time, and proportion meeting federal recommendations for moderate physical activity (MPA)). Secondary outcomes include patient-reported outcomes, and patient-reported experience measures. We aim to evaluate the acceptability of this enhanced program, and determine the feasibility of WeChat as a platform for increasing PA. The primary outcome will be analyzed using mixed effects ANOVA, and latent growth curve modeling. Secondary outcomes will be analyzed using linear regression. Semi-structured interviews will be conducted with participants upon program completion to identify contextual factors influencing application use, and thematic analysis will be used to examine relationships between these key factors.

Results from this study will provide information about the applicability of mobile technology in supporting PA improvement among older Chinese, and valuable insight on contextual factors influencing application effectiveness, which will inform the potential for adoption and scale.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Physical Activity Sedentary Lifestyle Behavioral: Self-Monitoring, peer support and motivational prompts Behavioral: Self-monitoring Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 60 participants
Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Together we Move: A Multi-component Intervention to Increase Physical Activity for Ethnic Minority Older Adults
Actual Study Start Date : May 18, 2019
Estimated Primary Completion Date : September 10, 2019
Estimated Study Completion Date : October 1, 2019

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Enhanced Walking
FitBit + Lifestyle counseling/education session(8 weeks) + WeChat motivational messages and peer interaction
Behavioral: Self-Monitoring, peer support and motivational prompts
The intervention compares the effect of technologically delivered motivational messages, and peer support upon daily step counts.

Active Comparator: Walking Only
FitBit + Lifestyle counseling/education session(8 weeks)
Behavioral: Self-monitoring
Self-monitoring of data from wearable step count tracker

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Physical Activity [ Time Frame: Through study completion, and average of 12 weeks ]
    Step counts as measured through FitBit tracker

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Self-efficacy for physical activity [ Time Frame: Through study completion, and average of 12 weeks ]
    Self-Efficacy for Exercise (Resnick & Jenkins, 2000)

  2. Qualitative Feedback [ Time Frame: 4 weeks post-study completion ]
    Semi-structured interviews

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Ages Eligible for Study:   60 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • self-identify as Chinese/Chinese American
  • can communicate in Mandarin or English
  • reside in Boston
  • smartphone owners (iPhone or Android) with data plan
  • no falls within last 6 months

Exclusion Criteria:

  • + cognitive impairment

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT03684070

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United States, Massachusetts
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, United States, 02467
Sponsors and Collaborators
Boston College
Brandeis University
Northeastern University
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Principal Investigator: Carina Katigbak, PhD Boston College
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Responsible Party: Carina Katigbak, Assistant Professor, Boston College Identifier: NCT03684070    
Other Study ID Numbers: 19.001.01
First Posted: September 25, 2018    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: July 11, 2019
Last Verified: July 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Plan Description: All collected de-identified IPD will be shared within research consortium, but will not be available to external researchers.

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Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No
Keywords provided by Carina Katigbak, Boston College:
Older adults
Asian Americans
behavior change