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A qualitative exploration of perceptions of a digital intervention to promote physical activity in older adults

A qualitative exploration of perceptions of a digital intervention to promote physical activity in older adults
A qualitative exploration of perceptions of a digital intervention to promote physical activity in older adults
Purpose: This study explored participant views of a web-based physical activity intervention for older adults and examined how they resonate with the key principles that guided intervention development. Methods: Qualitative interviews were carried out with 52 older adults. A deductive qualitative analysis approach was taken, based around the intervention’s key principles. Results: Participants expressed mostly positive views of the intervention features, broadly confirming the appropriateness of the key principles, which were to: (a) encourage intrinsic motivation for physical activity, (b) minimize the risk of users receiving activity suggestions that are inappropriate or unsafe, (c) offer users choice regarding the activities they engage with and build confidence to undertake more activity, and (d) minimize the cognitive load and need to engage with the intervention website. The findings also identified ways in which content could be improved to further increase acceptability. Conclusion: This study illustrates how using the person-based approach has enabled the identification and implementation of features that older adults appreciate.
Acceptability, Behavior change, Digital physical activity intervention
1063-8652
442-454
Pollet, Sebastien
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Little, Paul
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Pollet, Sebastien, Denison-Day, James, Bradbury, Katherine, Essery, Rosie, Grey, Elisabeth, Western, Max, Mowbray, Fiona, Smith, Kirsten, Slodkowska-Barabasz, Joanna, Mutrie, Nanette, Little, Paul and Yardley, Lucy (2021) A qualitative exploration of perceptions of a digital intervention to promote physical activity in older adults. Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, 29 (3), 442-454. (doi:10.1123/japa.2019-0484).

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Purpose: This study explored participant views of a web-based physical activity intervention for older adults and examined how they resonate with the key principles that guided intervention development. Methods: Qualitative interviews were carried out with 52 older adults. A deductive qualitative analysis approach was taken, based around the intervention’s key principles. Results: Participants expressed mostly positive views of the intervention features, broadly confirming the appropriateness of the key principles, which were to: (a) encourage intrinsic motivation for physical activity, (b) minimize the risk of users receiving activity suggestions that are inappropriate or unsafe, (c) offer users choice regarding the activities they engage with and build confidence to undertake more activity, and (d) minimize the cognitive load and need to engage with the intervention website. The findings also identified ways in which content could be improved to further increase acceptability. Conclusion: This study illustrates how using the person-based approach has enabled the identification and implementation of features that older adults appreciate.

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Accepted/In Press date: 10 August 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 21 December 2020
Published date: 1 June 2021
Additional Information: Acknowledgments This work was supported by the National Institute for Health Research under its Programme Grants for Applied Research (reference RP-PG- 0615-20014). The views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the National Institute for Health Research or the Department of Health and Social Care. The Active Lives intervention was developed using LifeGuide software, which was partly funded by the National Institute for Health Research Southampton Biomedical Research Centre. The authors would like to thank Patient and Public Involvement representatives Rosemary Phillips, Bernard Gudgin, John Niven, and Tom Stokes, who provided feedback on the design of the intervention.
Keywords: Acceptability, Behavior change, Digital physical activity intervention

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Local EPrints ID: 444765
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/444765
ISSN: 1063-8652
PURE UUID: ad6c266e-67cc-46c3-9968-6715c9b1c25e
ORCID for Sebastien Pollet: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9924-9225
ORCID for Katherine Bradbury: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-5513-7571
ORCID for Fiona Mowbray: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3297-4163
ORCID for Lucy Yardley: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3853-883X

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Date deposited: 04 Nov 2020 17:30
Last modified: 10 Jan 2022 02:55

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Author: Rosie Essery
Author: Elisabeth Grey
Author: Max Western
Author: Fiona Mowbray ORCID iD
Author: Kirsten Smith
Author: Nanette Mutrie
Author: Paul Little
Author: Lucy Yardley ORCID iD

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