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

Cameron, Melainie, 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, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 439-450.

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Title A pilot program of physical activity promotion among clients receiving home and community care
Author(s) Cameron, Melainie
Chahine, Natalie
Selig, SteveORCID iD for Selig, Steve orcid.org/0000-0003-4159-5111
Newton, Pam
Journal name Australian health review
Volume number 32
Issue number 3
Start page 439
End page 450
Total pages 12
Publisher Australian Healthcare Association
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2008-08
ISSN 0156-5788
1449-8944
Summary 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.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Australian Healthcare Association
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30033415

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
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