Evaluation of Fundamental Movement Skill (FMS) interventions via the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) Process Evaluation guidance: a systematic review

Jiani Ma, Emma Eyre, Natalie Lander, Jo Salmon, Inimfon Essiet, Lisa Barnett, Michael Duncan

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Abstract

Objective: Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) interventions are widely used to improve FMS proficiency and its health-related outcomes for children and adolescents. Previous reviews reported that the efficacy of FMS interventions are highly variable and interventions have limited scalability and sustainability. An identified limitation of the existing reviews of interventions is the lack of reporting around process evaluation. This review aims to establish the current state of the evidence related to process evaluation in FMS interventions using the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) guidance, which advances the understanding of the ‘true’ intervention effects and the translatability of the research into health promotion practice.

Methods: We searched 7 electronic databases for controlled FMS interventions targeting typically developing youth (5-18 y) measuring at least one FMS outcome published until Feb 2019. Title/abstract screening and full-text screening against inclusion/exclusion criteria will be conducted independently by two reviewers, with disagreement resolved through consultation with a third reviewer. All included studies will be subject to a two-phase analysis. The following procedures will be conducted by the lead author with 100% being double checked for consistency by a second reviewer. Phase 1: Deductive coding guided by the MRC guidance will be used to establish the extent of reporting process evaluation in FMS interventions. Intervention studies reporting process evaluation measures identified in this phase will proceed to Phase 2. Phase 2: Process evaluation measures in the following domains: implementation, mechanism of change and contextual factors will be extracted and analyzed to investigate their associations with FMS intervention outcomes. Relevant data will be sought by contacting authors if not reported explicitly in an article. Study quality will be assessed using Cochrane Collaboration’s risk of bias tool.

Results: After de-duplication, 4605 abstracts were identified. The review commenced in Feb 2019, with an anticipated completion date in Feb 2020. Preliminary results will be outlined during presentation of this abstract.

Conclusions: This is the first study to examine and synthesize evidence on process evaluation to provide useful recommendations for the development and evaluation of FMS interventions. Our review also serves as a call to action for better practice in reporting FMS interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventInternational Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 18th Annual Meeting - Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: 4 Jun 20197 Jun 2019

Conference

ConferenceInternational Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) 18th Annual Meeting
CountryCzech Republic
CityPrague
Period4/06/197/06/19

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