Use of commercial physical activity monitors and remote feedback on maintenance of physical activity levels following an exercise intervention
Brickwood, KJ, Watson, G, Smith, S & Williams, A 2016, 'Use of commercial physical activity monitors and remote feedback on maintenance of physical activity levels following an exercise intervention', Journal of Aging and Physical Activity, vol. 24, suppl. 1, pp. S91.
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Introduction: Commercially available activity monitors combined with remote feedback (RPAM) may improve physical activity adherence. This project compares the effectiveness of RPAM devices with telephone counselling (TC).
Methods: 150 participants will be randomized to 12 months of RPAM, TC, or usual care (UC). Participants randomized to RPAM will use an activity tracker and smartphone to monitor compliance to physical activity targets. TC involves follow-up phone calls fortnightly for three months and monthly thereafter. Compliance to physical activity and effects on health measures will be made before and at three, six, and 12 months.
Results: Data comparing the effectiveness of RPAM devices, TC, and UC will be presented. Conclusion: Results of this study will help determine the efficacy of RPAM devices on compliance to prescribed activity compared to the current gold standard of TC. If remote monitoring proves effective, it may provide a cost-effective alternative to assisting maintenance of activity levels.