myMoves for Seniors: a feasibility and acceptability study of a physical activity self-management program for seniors with chronic health conditions

T. Jones, V. Podmore, B. Dear, C. Dean

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Abstract

Aims: To explore the acceptability and feasibility of a remotely delivered physical activity self-management program for seniors living with one or more chronic health conditions.
Design: Single group design with pre-post outcomes measures.
Method: The myMoves program comprises 5 modules delivered over 6 weeks via email with participants supported with regular weekly contact via email with a physiotherapist. Pre- and post-program outcomes were assessed using online questionnaires, and intra-program data collected via clinician logs. Primary outcomes were feasibility (adherence, attrition, clinician time, accessibility and adverse events) and acceptability (satisfaction, worthiness of time and recommendation).
Results: The myMoves for Seniors program currently has 47 enrolled participants aged 65 years and over residing in both metropolitan and rural areas of NSW. Arthritis and hypertension are the most common conditions reported by participants (62% and 49% respectively). Less than 20% of participants report being satisfied with their pre-program level of physical activity. Pain, fatigue, changes in physical abilities and an inability to access appropriate physical activity programs are all cited as common reasons for entering the myMoves program. All participants will complete the program by the end of June 2017, with full data to be presented at the conference.
Conclusions: Seniors with chronic health conditions are commonly performing less physical activity than is recommended for optimal health and wellbeing. A remote self-management program offers a potential option for learning useful skills to assist with improving physical activity levels. The feasibility and acceptability of such a program will be analysed and presented.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2017
EventAustralian Physiotherapy Association Conference Momentum 2017 - Sydney Convention Centre, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 19 Oct 201721 Oct 2017

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Physiotherapy Association Conference Momentum 2017
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period19/10/1721/10/17

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