Pedometry and ‘peer support’ in older Chinese adults: A 12-month cluster randomised controlled trial

Graham Neil THOMAS, Duncan J. MACFARLANE, Boliang GUO, Bernard M. Y. CHEUNG, Sarah Morag MCGHEE, Kee Lee CHOU, Jonathan J. DEEKS, Tak Shing John LAM, Brian TOMLINSON

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Abstract

There is a need to increase physical activity to attenuate age-related morbidity. This 12- month factorial design cluster trial randomised 399 volunteers from 24 centres to buddy peer support, pedometry, or control group. Data were anaysed using last-observation carried-forward and intention-to-treat methods. Compared to the controls, participants in the pedometry group increased their levels of physical activity energy expenditure significantly, as did those in the buddy group. As recorded by the International Physical Activity Questionnaire [IPAQ], the respective increases amounted to 1820 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1360-2290) and 1260 (95% CI, 780-17 460) metabolic equivalent of task (MET).min.wk-1. The buddy group also had significantly improved aerobic fitness after adjustment for body weight (12%; 95% CI, 4-21%), but this did not attain significance in the pedometry group (7%; 95% CI, -1 to 15%). Our results suggest that recourse to pedometers and the buddy peer support system is simple means of increasing physical activity in older subjects. Copyright © 2014 Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Press. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-14
JournalHong Kong Medical Journal
Volume20
Issue numberSuppl. 3
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Citation

Thomas, G. N., Macfarlane, D. J., Guo, B., Cheung, B. M. Y., McGhee, S. M., Chou, K. L., . . . Tomlinson, B. (2014). Pedometry and ‘peer support’ in older Chinese adults: A 12-month cluster randomised controlled trial. Hong Kong Medical Journal, 20(Suppl. 3), 11-14. Retrieved from http://www.hkmj.org

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