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

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Cameron, Melainie, Chahine, Natalie, 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


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.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/3551
DOI 10.1071/AH080439
Official URL http://www.publish.csiro.au/nid/270/paper/AH080439...
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1103 Clinical Sciences
Historical > SEO Classification > 9202 Health and Support Services
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Ageing, Rehabilitation, Exercise & Sport Science (CARES)
Historical > FOR Classification > 1117 Public Health and Health Services
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
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