Randomised controlled trial of an augmented exercise referral scheme using web-based behavioural support for inactive adults with chronic health conditions: the e-coachER trial

Taylor, A. et al. (2021) Randomised controlled trial of an augmented exercise referral scheme using web-based behavioural support for inactive adults with chronic health conditions: the e-coachER trial. British Journal of Sports Medicine, 55(8), pp. 444-450. (doi: 10.1136/bjsports-2020-103121) (PMID:33247001) (PMCID:PMC8020080)

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Abstract

Objective: To determine whether adding web-based support (e-coachER) to an exercise referral scheme (ERS) increases objectively assessed physical activity (PA). Design: Multicentre trial with participants randomised to usual ERS alone (control) or usual ERS plus e-coachER (intervention). Setting: Primary care and ERS in three UK sites from 2015 to 2018. Participants: 450 inactive ERS referees with chronic health conditions. Interventions: Participants received a pedometer, PA recording sheets and a user guide for the web-based support. e-coachER interactively encouraged the use of the ERS and other PA options. Main outcome measures: Primary and key secondary outcomes were: objective moderate-to-vigorous PA (MVPA) minutes (in ≥10 min bouts and without bouts), respectively, after 12 months. Secondary outcomes were: other accelerometer-derived and self-reported PA measures, ERS attendance, EQ-5D-5L, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale and beliefs about PA. All outcomes were collected at baseline, 4 and 12 months. Primary analysis was an intention to treat comparison between intervention and control arms at 12-month follow-up. Results: There was no significant effect of the intervention on weekly MVPA at 12 months between the groups recorded in ≥10 min bouts (mean difference 11.8 min of MVPA, 95% CI: −2.1 to 26.0; p=0.10) or without bouts (mean difference 13.7 min of MVPA, 95% CI: −26.8 to 54.2; p=0.51) for 232 participants with usable data. There was no difference in the primary or secondary PA outcomes at 4 or 12 months. Conclusion: Augmenting ERS referrals with web-based behavioural support had only a weak, non-significant effect on MVPA. Trial registration number: ISRCTN15644451.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This study was funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Health Technology Assessment Programme (grant reference: 13/25/20).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Taylor, Professor Rod
Authors: Taylor, A., Taylor, R. S., Ingram, W., Dean, S. G., Jolly, K., Mutrie, N., Lambert, J., Yardley, L., Streeter, A., Greaves, C., McAdam, C., Price, L., Anokye, N. K., and Campbell, J.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO SPHSU
Journal Name:British Journal of Sports Medicine
Publisher:BMJ Publishing Group
ISSN:0306-3674
ISSN (Online):1473-0480
Published Online:27 November 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in British Journal of Sports Medicine 55(8): 444-450
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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