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

Cameron, Melainie and Chahine, Natalie and Selig, Steve E 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. ISSN 0156-5788

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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.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ResPubID16010, physical function required for independent living, physical activity promotion, home and community care (HACC) service delivery, regular self-selected physical activity, improvement in dressing and grooming, improvements reach, hygiene, and daily activities
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1103 Clinical Sciences
SEO Classification > 9202 Health and Support Services
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
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Depositing User: VUIR
Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2011 23:08
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2011 23:08
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3551
DOI: 10.1071/AH080439
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