Walk well: a randomised controlled trial of a walking intervention for adults with intellectual disabilities: study protocol

Mitchell, F., Melville, C. , Stalker, K., Matthews, L. , McConnachie, A. , Murray, H., Walker, A. and Mutrie, N. (2013) Walk well: a randomised controlled trial of a walking intervention for adults with intellectual disabilities: study protocol. BMC Public Health, 13, 620. (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-620) (PMID:23816316) (PMCID:PMC3733830)

Mitchell, F., Melville, C. , Stalker, K., Matthews, L. , McConnachie, A. , Murray, H., Walker, A. and Mutrie, N. (2013) Walk well: a randomised controlled trial of a walking intervention for adults with intellectual disabilities: study protocol. BMC Public Health, 13, 620. (doi:10.1186/1471-2458-13-620) (PMID:23816316) (PMCID:PMC3733830)

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Abstract

<p>Background Walking interventions have been shown to have a positive impact on physical activity (PA) levels, health and wellbeing for adult and older adult populations. There has been very little work carried out to explore the effectiveness of walking interventions for adults with intellectual disabilities. This paper will provide details of the Walk Well intervention, designed for adults with intellectual disabilities, and a randomised controlled trial (RCT) to test its effectiveness.</p> <p>Methods/design This study will adopt a RCT design, with participants allocated to the walking intervention group or a waiting list control group. The intervention consists of three PA consultations (baseline, six weeks and 12 weeks) and an individualised 12 week walking programme.</p> <p>A range of measures will be completed by participants at baseline, post intervention (three months from baseline) and at follow up (three months post intervention and six months from baseline). All outcome measures will be collected by a researcher who will be blinded to the study groups. The primary outcome will be steps walked per day, measured using accelerometers. Secondary outcome measures will include time spent in PA per day (across various intensity levels), time spent in sedentary behaviour per day, quality of life, self-efficacy and anthropometric measures to monitor weight change.</p> <p>Discussion Since there are currently no published RCTs of walking interventions for adults with intellectual disabilities, this RCT will examine if a walking intervention can successfully increase PA, health and wellbeing of adults with intellectual disabilities.</p>

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McConnachie, Dr Alex and Walker, Dr Andrew and Matthews, Dr Lynsay and Melville, Professor Craig and Mitchell, Dr Fiona and Murray, Mrs Heather
Authors: Mitchell, F., Melville, C., Stalker, K., Matthews, L., McConnachie, A., Murray, H., Walker, A., and Mutrie, N.
College/School: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
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > MRC/CSO Unit
Journal Name:BMC Public Health
Publisher:BioMed Central
ISSN:1471-2458
ISSN (Online):1471-2458
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2013 The Authors
First Published:First published in BMC Public Health 13(620)
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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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