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

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posted on 2008-08-01, 00:00 authored by M Cameron, N Chahine, Steve SeligSteve Selig, P Newton
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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Journal

Australian health review

Volume

32

Issue

3

Pagination

439 - 450

Publisher

Australian Healthcare Association

Location

Sydney, N.S.W.

ISSN

0156-5788

eISSN

1449-8944

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, Australian Healthcare Association

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