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(Protocol) Maintaining physical activity through the use of digital tools for people with a long-term condition/s (LTCs): a scoping review

(Protocol) Maintaining physical activity through the use of digital tools for people with a long-term condition/s (LTCs): a scoping review
(Protocol) Maintaining physical activity through the use of digital tools for people with a long-term condition/s (LTCs): a scoping review
BackgroundPhysical activity (PA) is important for both the prevention and management of long-term conditions (1). Previous research has identified a beneficial impact of PA on pain, function and overall health (2, 3, 4). However, levels of PA are often lower in people with a long-term condition (LTC) and decline further for those with multiple conditions (5, 6). Digital tools, such as websites, apps or wearables, show some potential for supporting engagement with PA in the short term (7, 8), but lack data on maintaining PA behaviours longer term. A search of existing reviews in this area identified only a small number of systematic reviews that included digital interventions with a focus on maintaining PA for people with a LTC (9, 10, 11). Of these, only Grimmett et al (2019) reported effective maintenance at >3 months post-intervention (9). Consequently, a scoping review methodology has been chosen to explore digital PA maintenance for people with a LTC more widely.
The aims of this review are to:Identify the range and variety of digital tools and their associated theoretical foundations for supporting people with a LTC/s to maintain physical activity.Uncover the components considered to be necessary for engagement with digital tools to support maintenance of physical activityReview objectives:What is the “extent (size), range (variety) and nature (characteristics) of the evidence” (12) on digital tools to support the maintenance of physical activity for people with a LTC/s?What theoretical underpinnings are used in digital tools to promote the maintenance of physical activity?What are the experiences of people using digital tools to maintain physical activity?What are the barriers and facilitators to maintaining physical activity for people with a LTC/s using digital tools?
DesignThis scoping review will be undertaken in accordance with PRISMA-ScR guidelines (12) and the frameworks developed by Arksey and O’Malley (13) and Levac et al., (14). Preliminary searches will be undertaken in consultation with an academic librarian to create a comprehensive search strategy. Screening of titles and abstracts will be undertaken by two independent reviewers, with conflicts resolved by an independent verifier, using Covidence software (15). Full-text screening will subsequently be undertaken following this same approach. A charting form will be developed based on the objectives of the review and refined by the research team. Data will be collated and summarised, with quantitative sources described descriptively and qualitative data analysed thematically (16). Results will be presented using summary tables and/or using pictorial/flow charts, if appropriate.
Digital Health,, Long term conditions, physical activity, maintenance
Clarkson, Paul
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McDonough, Suzanne
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Clarkson, Paul, McDonough, Suzanne, Adams, Jo, Muckelt, Paul, Grimmett, Chloe, Everitt, Hazel, Clarke, Carol, Saynor, Zoe, Cook, Katherine and Stephenson, Aoife (2020) (Protocol) Maintaining physical activity through the use of digital tools for people with a long-term condition/s (LTCs): a scoping review. Protocols.io. (doi:10.17504/protocols.io.bf7gjrjw).

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Abstract

BackgroundPhysical activity (PA) is important for both the prevention and management of long-term conditions (1). Previous research has identified a beneficial impact of PA on pain, function and overall health (2, 3, 4). However, levels of PA are often lower in people with a long-term condition (LTC) and decline further for those with multiple conditions (5, 6). Digital tools, such as websites, apps or wearables, show some potential for supporting engagement with PA in the short term (7, 8), but lack data on maintaining PA behaviours longer term. A search of existing reviews in this area identified only a small number of systematic reviews that included digital interventions with a focus on maintaining PA for people with a LTC (9, 10, 11). Of these, only Grimmett et al (2019) reported effective maintenance at >3 months post-intervention (9). Consequently, a scoping review methodology has been chosen to explore digital PA maintenance for people with a LTC more widely.
The aims of this review are to:Identify the range and variety of digital tools and their associated theoretical foundations for supporting people with a LTC/s to maintain physical activity.Uncover the components considered to be necessary for engagement with digital tools to support maintenance of physical activityReview objectives:What is the “extent (size), range (variety) and nature (characteristics) of the evidence” (12) on digital tools to support the maintenance of physical activity for people with a LTC/s?What theoretical underpinnings are used in digital tools to promote the maintenance of physical activity?What are the experiences of people using digital tools to maintain physical activity?What are the barriers and facilitators to maintaining physical activity for people with a LTC/s using digital tools?
DesignThis scoping review will be undertaken in accordance with PRISMA-ScR guidelines (12) and the frameworks developed by Arksey and O’Malley (13) and Levac et al., (14). Preliminary searches will be undertaken in consultation with an academic librarian to create a comprehensive search strategy. Screening of titles and abstracts will be undertaken by two independent reviewers, with conflicts resolved by an independent verifier, using Covidence software (15). Full-text screening will subsequently be undertaken following this same approach. A charting form will be developed based on the objectives of the review and refined by the research team. Data will be collated and summarised, with quantitative sources described descriptively and qualitative data analysed thematically (16). Results will be presented using summary tables and/or using pictorial/flow charts, if appropriate.

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Published date: 9 May 2020
Keywords: Digital Health,, Long term conditions, physical activity, maintenance

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Local EPrints ID: 440718
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/440718
PURE UUID: 26b82021-3899-49fa-a225-d8e57e13ff94
ORCID for Jo Adams: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-1765-7060
ORCID for Chloe Grimmett: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-7540-7206
ORCID for Hazel Everitt: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-7362-8403

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Date deposited: 14 May 2020 16:31
Last modified: 13 Dec 2021 03:08

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Author: Paul Clarkson
Author: Suzanne McDonough
Author: Jo Adams ORCID iD
Author: Paul Muckelt
Author: Chloe Grimmett ORCID iD
Author: Hazel Everitt ORCID iD
Author: Carol Clarke
Author: Zoe Saynor
Author: Katherine Cook
Author: Aoife Stephenson

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