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Seamos Activas: Increasing Physical Activity Among Latinas

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: NCT00724165
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : July 29, 2008
Last Update Posted : February 6, 2013
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Dr.Bess Marcus, University of California, San Diego

Brief Summary:
The overarching goal of this project is to develop a culturally congruent intervention to increase levels of physical activity among sedentary Latinas (i.e., Latina/Hispanic women). The first phase will involve culturally and linguistically modifying an existing evidenced-based intervention, founded on the Transtheoretical Model and Social Cognitive Theory, to target sedentary Latinas. Then, we will conduct a pilot randomized clinical trial to test whether the culturally-modified individually tailored intervention increases physical activity levels in comparison to standard care comprised of bilingual health education booklets.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Inactivity Behavioral: Intervention Behavioral: Control Phase 2

Detailed Description:
While the general United States population is suffering from an epidemic of sedentary lifestyle, Latinos are even more sedentary than their non-Hispanic white counterparts. Notably, Latinos suffer from greater rates of morbidity and mortality of conditions associated with being sedentary than non-Hispanic whites. One concern is that due to cultural artifacts, socioeconomic circumstances, and language barriers, Latinos have limited access to public health interventions that promote active lifestyles. The current study will advance nursing science by using a theory-based computer-run expert system to provide an effective physical activity intervention for this underserved population. The consent form was completed by all participants and describes the nature and purpose of the study, procedure, risks and benefits to participating, alternative therapies available, and confidentiality.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 106 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Seamos Activas: Increasing Physical Activity Among Latinas
Study Start Date : September 2006
Actual Primary Completion Date : July 2009
Actual Study Completion Date : July 2009

Resource links provided by the National Library of Medicine

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: 1 Behavioral: Intervention
Culturally-modified, individually tailored physical activity print materials

Active Comparator: 2 Behavioral: Control
Bilingual health education booklets

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Self-Reported physical activity [ Time Frame: Baseline, 3 months, and 6 months ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 65 Years   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Sedentary (i.e., participating in moderate or vigorous physical activity two days per week or less for 30 minutes or less each day) women ages 18 to 65 who self-identify as Latina (or of a group defined as Hispanic/Latino by the Census Bureau) are eligible for participation

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Exclusion criteria are history of coronary heart disease (history of myocardial infarction or symptoms of angina), diabetes, stroke, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, orthopedic problems, or any other serious medical condition that would make physical activity unsafe. Other exclusion criteria will include individuals who report consuming three or more alcoholic drinks per day, current or planned pregnancy, planning to move from the area within the next six months, current suicidal ideation or psychosis, current clinical depression, hospitalization due to a psychiatric disorder in the past 3 years, BMI above 40, and/or taking medication that may impair physical activity tolerance or performance (e.g., beta blockers). Participants in the pilot study must also agree to be assigned to one of the two intervention conditions.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00724165

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United States, Rhode Island
Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island, United States, 02912
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, San Diego
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
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Principal Investigator: Bess H Marcus, PhD Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Dr.Bess Marcus, Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, University of California, San Diego Identifier: NCT00724165    
Other Study ID Numbers: R21NR009864 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
R21NR009864 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: July 29, 2008    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 6, 2013
Last Verified: February 2013
Keywords provided by Dr.Bess Marcus, University of California, San Diego:
physical activity