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Caminemos! Trial to Increase Walking Among Sedentary Older Latinos

This study has been completed.
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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00183014
First Posted: September 16, 2005
Last Update Posted: May 18, 2012
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Information provided by:
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
  Purpose
The purpose of this study is to examine the efficacy of a multifaceted behavioral intervention aimed at raising walking levels among sedentary older Latinos.

Condition Intervention
Aging Sedentary Lifestyle Behavioral: The Lifetime Fitness Program Behavioral: Exercise class

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Participant)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Trial to Increase Walking Among Sedentary Older Latinos

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

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Number of steps per week on digital pedometer [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Self-reported physical activity level [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]
  • beliefs about aging [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]
  • self-efficacy [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]
  • health-related quality of life [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]
  • blood pressure [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]
  • body mass index (BMI) [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]
  • physical performance measures [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]
  • hospital days [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]
  • outpatient visits [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]
  • restricted activity days [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]
  • cognitive function [ Time Frame: baseline and 1, 12, and 24-months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 600
Study Start Date: September 2005
Study Completion Date: August 2009
Primary Completion Date: August 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
discussion session and exercise class
Behavioral: The Lifetime Fitness Program
A series of 4 weekly 1-hour group discussion sessions that utilize attribution retraining techniques from the field of motivational psychology in combination with behavioral strategies based in social cognitive theory; weekly for 4 weeks, monthly for 11 months, then every two months for 12 months (total duration = 24 months
Behavioral: Exercise class
1-hour exercise class aimed at increasing strength, flexibility and endurance; weekly for 4 weeks, monthly for 11 months, then every two months for 12 months (total duration = 24 months
Active Comparator: 2
exercise class only
Behavioral: Exercise class
1-hour exercise class aimed at increasing strength, flexibility and endurance; weekly for 4 weeks, monthly for 11 months, then every two months for 12 months (total duration = 24 months

Detailed Description:

Regular physical activity contributes to the health and quality of life of older adults, but unfortunately only 20% of men and 25% of women aged 65 years and greater meet the minimal national guidelines for physical activity. Older Latinos have higher rates of diseases that are most likely to benefit from physical activity, but have disproportionately high rates of sedentary lifestyle. To address this major public health problem, this study will implement and evaluate a multifaceted intervention to raise and sustain walking levels among older Latinos.

A total of 600 sedentary older Latinos will be recruited from community-based senior centers in the greater Los Angeles region. The specific aims of the study are to test the effect of the intervention on:

  1. the change in steps per week measured by digital pedometer from baseline to 1, 12, and 24-month follow-up;
  2. self-reported physical activity level and intervening constructs (including expectations regarding aging and self-efficacy expectations for physical activity);
  3. psychosocial health constructs, physical performance measures, and clinical health outcomes.

The core of the intervention consists of a series of 4 weekly 1-hour group discussion sessions that utilize attribution retraining techniques from the field of motivational psychology in combination with behavioral strategies based in social cognitive theory. Discussion sessions will be conducted at senior centers and led by a bilingual health educator; each session will be followed by a 1-hour exercise class aimed at increasing strength, flexibility and endurance. During the discussion sessions, the health educator will administer a structured culturally-tailored curriculum in which participants are taught to raise their expectations for physical activity with aging and not to attribute being sedentary to "old age." The 4 weekly sessions will be followed by monthly sessions for 11 months, and sessions every 2 months for the following 12 months (total intervention duration = 24 months). Participants will be randomized to 1 of 2 arms:

  1. intervention arm: receiving the discussion session and the exercise class;
  2. control arm: receiving just the exercise class with the same frequency and duration as the intervention group.
  Eligibility

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

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Aged 60 years or older
  • Self-identifying as Latino/Hispanic
  • Not currently participating in 20 minutes or more of physical activity 3 times a week
  • Willingness to take brief physical activity screening test and if do not pass, provide the name of a physician who has seen the patient in the recent past

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Plans to move from the area in the next 24 months
  • Unable to participate in 1-hour group discussion
  • Unable to walk
  • Physician stating that patient is not medically able to participate
  • Family member already participating
  • Substantial cognitive impairment (determined by a screening test)
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00183014


Locations
United States, California
UCLA Division of Geriatrics
Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Catherine Sarkisian, MD, MSPH UCLA Division of Geriatrics
  More Information

Responsible Party: Catherine Sarkisian, MD, MSPH, UCLA Division of Geriatrics
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00183014     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AG0049
5R01AG024460-02 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Submitted: September 13, 2005
First Posted: September 16, 2005
Last Update Posted: May 18, 2012
Last Verified: May 2012

Keywords provided by National Institute on Aging (NIA):
behavior therapy
exercise
gait
physical activity