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Neighbourhood environment, physical activity, quality of life and depressive symptoms in Hong Kong older adults: a protocol for an observational study

Cerin, Ester, Sit, Cindy H. P., Zhang, Casper J. P., Barnett, Anthony, Cheung, Martin M. C., Lai, Poh-chin, Johnston, Janice M. and Lee, Ruby S. Y. 2016, Neighbourhood environment, physical activity, quality of life and depressive symptoms in Hong Kong older adults: a protocol for an observational study, BMJ open, vol. 6, no. 1, Article number : e010384, pp. 1-12, doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010384.

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Title Neighbourhood environment, physical activity, quality of life and depressive symptoms in Hong Kong older adults: a protocol for an observational study
Author(s) Cerin, Ester
Sit, Cindy H. P.
Zhang, Casper J. P.
Barnett, Anthony
Cheung, Martin M. C.
Lai, Poh-chin
Johnston, Janice M.
Lee, Ruby S. Y.
Journal name BMJ open
Volume number 6
Issue number 1
Season Article number : e010384
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher BMJ Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 2044-6055
Keyword(s) Accelerometer
Chinese
EPIDEMIOLOGY
health
social support
walkability
Accelerometry
Aged
China
Clinical Protocols
Depression
Environment Design
Exercise
Health Status
Hong Kong
Humans
Monitoring, Ambulatory
Quality of Life
Residence Characteristics
Seasons
Sedentary Lifestyle
Walking
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Medicine, General & Internal
General & Internal Medicine
Summary INTRODUCTION: The neighbourhood environment can assist the adoption and maintenance of an active lifestyle and affect the physical and mental well-being of older adults. The psychosocial and behavioural mechanisms through which the environment may affect physical and mental well-being are currently poorly understood. AIM: This observational study aims to examine associations between the physical and social neighbourhood environments, physical activity, quality of life and depressive symptoms in Chinese Hong Kong older adults.

METHODS AND ANALYSES: An observational study of the associations of measures of the physical and social neighbourhood environment, and psychosocial factors, with physical activity, quality of life and depressive symptoms in 900 Hong Kong older adults aged 65+ years is being conducted in 2012-2016. The study involves two assessments taken 6 months apart. Neighbourhood walkability and access to destinations are objectively measured using Geographic Information Systems and environmental audits. Demographics, socioeconomic status, walking for different purposes, perceived neighbourhood and home environments, psychosocial factors, health status, social networks, depressive symptoms and quality of life are being assessed using validated interviewer-administered self-report measures and medical records. Physical functionality is being assessed using the Short Physical Performance Battery. Physical activity and sedentary behaviours are also being objectively measured in approximately 45% of participants using accelerometers over a week. Physical activity, sedentary behaviours, quality of life and depressive symptoms are being assessed twice (6 months apart) to examine seasonality effects on behaviours and their associations with quality of life and depressive symptoms.

ETHICS AND DISSEMINATION: The study received ethical approval from the University of Hong Kong Human Research Ethics Committee for Non-Clinical Faculties (EA270211) and the Department of Health (Hong Kong SAR). Data are stored in a password-protected secure database for 10 years, accessible only to the named researchers. Findings will be submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Language eng
DOI 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010384
Field of Research 110699 Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920405 Environmental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, The Authors
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