Preliminary evaluation of a brief walking intervention: pilot exploratory trial

Stefanie Williams, J. Dale, S. Michie, D.P. French

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    Background: Previous research has demonstrated the efficacy of a brief walking intervention when delivered to adult volunteers. We report on a pilot exploratory trail to evaluate the efficacy of this intervention delivered by practice nurses in primary care. Methods: Eight practice nurses were recruited and trained. 52 patients received the intervention. Patients wore a pedometer, and completed questionnaire measures, including self-efficacy pre- and immediately post-intervention. Findings: There was a statistically significant increase in objectively assessed walking between baseline (M=22 mi, SD= 12.77) and post-intervention (M=26 min, SD = 13.07, p=0.013), but no significant change in self-efficacy (p=0.638). Discussion: The results of this pilot trial suggest that the intervention was effective in bringing about increases in walking, but not by the expected mechanism of changing self-efficacy. However, this trial provided information to refine the intervention and study procedures. This will help to maximise the effectiveness of a fully powered explanatory trial, currently underway.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
    Publication statusPublished - 2011

    Bibliographical note

    Poster presented at the 2011 European Health Psychology Conference, held September 20-24th 2011 Heraklion, Crete. The full text of this item is not available from the repository.


    • health promotion
    • exercise
    • walking
    • self-efficacy
    • interventions


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