A pilot program of physical activity promotion among clients receiving home and community care

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Cameron, Melanie, Chahine, Natalie, Selig, Steve and Newton, Pam. (2008). A pilot program of physical activity promotion among clients receiving home and community care. Australian Health Review. 32(3), pp. 439-450. https://doi.org/10.1071/AH080439
AuthorsCameron, Melanie, Chahine, Natalie, Selig, Steve and Newton, Pam
Abstract

Three Victorian local governments cooperated in a pilot study of physical activity promotion as part of home and community care (HACC) service delivery. Thirty-one people receiving HACC volunteered to participate, including completing the Transtheoretical Stages of Change Exercise Questionnaire and the short-form Stanford Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ) just before and at 3 months and 6 months after starting regular self-selected physical activity. Twenty-one participants returned questionnaires at 3 months, and 17 participants returned questionnaires at 6 months. Data were analysed using paired t tests and effect sizes were calculated as mean differences. At 3 months, mean improvements were identified on 6 of the 8 HAQDI (disability index) subscales, and in the overall HAQ-DI score. Improvement in dressing and grooming was preserved at 6 months. At either 3 or 6 months, improvements in dressing and grooming, reach, hygiene, and daily activities, and overall HAQ-DI score exceeded the minimum clinically important difference. No improvements were statistically significant, as is likely in a pilot study with a small sample, however, these results suggest that even very small increases in physical activity may afford clinically meaningful improvements in some areas of physical function required for independent living.

Year2008
JournalAustralian Health Review
Journal citation32 (3), pp. 439-450
PublisherAustralian Healthcare Association
ISSN0156-5788
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1071/AH080439
PubMed ID18666871
Scopus EID2-s2.0-56849087320
Page range439-450
FunderState Government of Victoria
Shire of Melton
City of Brimbank
City of Maribyrnong
Research GroupSports Performance, Recovery, Injury and New Technologies (SPRINT) Research Centre
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