A qualitative exploration of participants’ experiences of taking part in a walking programme: Perceived benefits, barriers, choices and use of intervention resources

Mitchell, F., Stalker, K., Matthews, L. , Mutrie, N., Melling, C., McConnachie, A. , Murray, H. and Melville, C. A. (2018) A qualitative exploration of participants’ experiences of taking part in a walking programme: Perceived benefits, barriers, choices and use of intervention resources. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 31(S1), pp. 110-121. (doi:10.1111/jar.12326) (PMID:28004473)

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Abstract

Background: Adults with intellectual disabilities (ID) experience significant inequalities and tend to be more sedentary and less physically active than the wider population. Walking programmes are an effective way to increase physical activity (PA) but have not been used in studies involving adults with intellectual disabilities. Method: Nineteen adults with intellectual disabilities participated in semistructured interviews or focus groups exploring their experiences of taking part in a walking programme (Walk Well). Data were coded using thematic analysis. Results: Four overarching themes emerged: perceived benefits of taking part in the programme, perceived drawbacks/ barriers, walking choices and using the Walk Well resources. While there was not a significant increase in walking for all, the participants reported positive experiences of taking part in the programme. Self-monitoring proved difficult for some, particularly reading the daily step count recorded on the pedometer and writing it in the diary. Carers also played an important role in facilitating and preventing behaviour change in adults with intellectual disabilities. Conclusion: Additional barriers prevent many adults with intellectual disabilities from participating in PA. Capturing participant experiences provides important information for designing effective and equitable health improvement programmes.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McConnachie, Dr Alex and Matthews, Dr Lynsay and Melville, Professor Craig and Murray, Mrs Heather
Authors: Mitchell, F., Stalker, K., Matthews, L., Mutrie, N., Melling, C., McConnachie, A., Murray, H., and Melville, C. A.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Robertson Centre
Journal Name:Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN:1360-2322
ISSN (Online):1468-3148
Published Online:22 December 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 John Wiley and Sons Ltd
First Published:First published in Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities 31(S1): 110-121
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
536121The impact of walking intervention on the physical activity levels and health of adults with learning disabilitiesCraig MelvilleScottish Executive Health Department (SEHHD-CSO)CZH/4/644IHW - MENTAL HEALTH & WELLBEING