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Problem Solving/Physical Interventions and Aging

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
National Institute on Aging (NIA) Identifier:
First received: November 24, 2004
Last updated: August 12, 2008
Last verified: August 2008
The purpose of this study is to examine the relative and combined efficacy of a physical activity and health promotion program to help sedentary adults over age 70 maintain an independent life style.

Condition Intervention Phase
Aging Behavioral: exercise Behavioral: health promotion Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Factorial Assignment
Masking: Single
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Problem Solving/Physical Interventions and Aging

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Further study details as provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • physical health and function [ Time Frame: screening, baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months ]
  • affective status [ Time Frame: screening, baseline, 3, 6, 12, and 18 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 273
Study Start Date: September 2000
Study Completion Date: September 2004
Primary Completion Date: September 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Detailed Description:
The study recruited 273 participants from a community-based HMO for whom computerized health service utilization and cost data were already available, as well as cognitive, functional, and health status measures. The participants were randomly placed into one of four treatment groups: exercise, health promotion, combination exercise and health promotion, and routine medical care. Assessments for physical performance, emotional well-being, and physical and emotional health status were conducted at screening, baseline, after 3 months (post-treatment), and at 6, 12, and 18-month follow-up by interviewers blind to treatment assignment.

Ages Eligible for Study:   70 Years and older   (Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 70 or older
  • live independently
  • less than 150 minutes regular exercise per week
  • able to walk across a room without a person assisting
  • English speaking
  • planning to stay in local area for at least 6 months (duration of active study)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • cancer
  • heart attack
  • stroke
  • uncontrolled arrhythmia
  • uncontrolled hypertension
  • uncontrolled diabetes
  • surgery during the past year
  • ongoing mental health or psychiatric condition
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00097643

Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Principal Investigator: Linda Teri, PhD University of Washington School of Nursing, Northwest Research Group on Aging
  More Information

Responsible Party: Linda Teri, PhD, Northwest Research Group on Aging, University of Washington School of Nursing Identifier: NCT00097643     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AG0009
5R01AG014777-05 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
Study First Received: November 24, 2004
Last Updated: August 12, 2008

Keywords provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA):
health promotion
independent living
affective aspects processed this record on August 18, 2017