PROJECT FUNDING: MRC £382,000
The aim is to conduct a fully powered explanatory trial to evaluate the efficacy of a brief self-regulation intervention to increase walking. The intervention will delivered in primary care by practice nurses (PNs)/ Healthcare Assistants (HCAs) to patients for whom increasing physical activity is a particular priority. The intervention already has demonstrated efficacy with a volunteer population, and has since been through an iterative process of refinement in primary care, to maximise acceptability to both providers and recipients.
The mean difference of five minutes/day walking will be compared. Secondary outcomes including health services costs, and the intervention effect in sub-groups defined in terms of age, ethnicity, gender, socio-economic status, and clinical condition.