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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: What factors support older people to increase their physical activity levels? An exploratory analysis of the experiences of PACE-Lift trial participants
Author(s): Victor, Christina R
Rogers, Annabelle
Woodcock, Alison
Beighton, Carole
Cook, Derek G
Kerry, Sally M
Iliffe, Steve
Whincup, Peter H
Ussher, Michael
Harris, Tess
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Keywords: Physical activity
walking intervention
older people
behavioural change
Issue Date: Nov-2016
Citation: Victor CR, Rogers A, Woodcock A, Beighton C, Cook DG, Kerry SM, Iliffe S, Whincup PH, Ussher M & Harris T (2016) What factors support older people to increase their physical activity levels? An exploratory analysis of the experiences of PACE-Lift trial participants, Archives of Gerontology and Geriatrics, 67, pp. 1-6.
Abstract: Background: Physical Activity (PA) has significant health benefits for older adults, but nearly all UK over 60's are not achieving recommended levels. The PACE-Lift primary care-based walking intervention for 60-75 year-olds used a structured, theoretically grounded intervention with pedometers, accelerometers, handbooks and support from practice nurses trained in behaviour change techniques. It demonstrated an objective increase in walking at 3 and 12 months. We investigated the experiences of intervention participants who did (and did not) increase their walking, in order to explore facilitators to increased walking.  Methods: Semi-structured telephone interviews used an interview schedule with a purposive sample of 30 intervention participants, 19 who had objectively increased their walking over the previous year and 11 who had not. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed and coded independently by researchers to generate a thematic coding framework.  Results: Both groups confirmed that walking was an appropriate PA for people of 'their age'. The majority of those with increased walking participated in the trial as a couple, were positive about individualised goal-setting, developed strategies for maintaining their walking, and had someone to walk with. Non-improvers reported their attempts to increase walking were difficult because of lack of social support and were less positive about the intervention's behaviour change components.  Discussion: Walking is an acceptable and appropriate PA intervention for older people. The intervention's goal-setting components were important for those who increased their walking. Mutual support between partners participating as a couple and having someone to walk with also facilitated increased walking.
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Rights: ã 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (

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