Burge, A. T.
|Type||Journal Article (Original Research)|
|Journal||Journal of Aging and Physical Activity.|
|Year of Publication||2017|
|Abstract||Older 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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