Promoting Physical Activity Using The Internet: Is It Feasible And Acceptable For Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) And Bronchiectasis?

AuthorsLiacos, A.
Burge, A. T.
Cox, N.S.
Holland, A.E.
TypeJournal Article (Original Research)
JournalJournal of Aging and Physical Activity.
PubMed ID28952865
Year of Publication2017
URLhttps://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28952865
DOIhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1123/japa.2017-0123
AbstractOlder people with chronic lung diseases with low physical activity participation rates are at higher risk of morbidity and mortality. This study assessed the feasibility and acceptability of a purpose-designed internet-based program (ActivOnline) to monitor and encourage exercise and physical activity. Twelve participants with COPD or bronchiectasis were recruited (54-84 years). Primary outcome measures were feasibility measured by frequency of program access, and acceptability measured by semi-structured interview, system usability scores and participant perception of benefit. The results suggest regular participation in physical activity and exercise during the 8-week study period and high usability scores (mean 90% +/- 9%). Major themes were: the importance of regular exercise; sustained lifestyle changes are essential to be physically active; regular contact with clinicians assisted with motivation; and aspects of ActivOnline facilitated individual behaviour change and confidence to continue exercising. Most participants (82%) reported a benefit from using ActivOnline and 55% wished to remain on the program indefinitely.

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