Print versus website physical activity programs: a randomized trial.

Marshall, Alison, Leslie, Eva, Bauman, Adrian, Marcus, Bess and Owen, Neville 2003, Print versus website physical activity programs: a randomized trial., American journal of preventive medicine, vol. 25, no. 2, pp. 88-94, doi: 10.1016/S0749-3797(03)00111-9.

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Title Print versus website physical activity programs: a randomized trial.
Author(s) Marshall, Alison
Leslie, Eva
Bauman, Adrian
Marcus, Bess
Owen, Neville
Journal name American journal of preventive medicine
Volume number 25
Issue number 2
Start page 88
End page 94
Publisher AJPM
Place of publication Washington D.C.
Publication date 2003-08
ISSN 0749-3797
Summary Background: Mediated physical activity interventions can reach large numbers of people at low cost. Programs delivered through the mail that target the stage of motivational readiness have been shown to increase activity. Communication technology (websites and e-mail) might provide a means for delivering similar programs. Methods: Randomized trial conducted between August and October 2001. Participants included staff at an Australian university (n=655; mean AGE=43, standard deviation, 10 years). Participants were randomized to either an 8-week, stage-targeted print program (Print) or 8-week, stage-targeted website (Web) program. The main outcome was change in self-reported physical activity. Results: There was no significant increase in total reported physical activity within or between groups when analyzed by intention to treat (F [1,653]=0.41, p=0.52). There was a significant increase in total physical activity reported by the Print participants who were inactive at baseline (t [1,173]=−2.21, p=0.04), and a significant decrease in the average time spent sitting on a weekday in the Web group (t [1,326]=2.2, p=0.03). Conclusions: There were no differences between the Print and Web program effects on reported physical activity. The Print group demonstrated slightly larger effects and a higher level of recognition of program materials.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/S0749-3797(03)00111-9
Field of Research 111712 Health Promotion
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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