Feasibility of an internet physical activity intervention

Kelly A. Bosak, Bernice Yates, Bunny Pozehl

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Abstract

The Internet is a relatively new method of delivering strategies for health behavior change. The purpose of this study was to determine the feasibility of delivering a physical activity intervention by the Internet to improve outcomes in adults with the metabolic syndrome. Twenty-two participants (16 males; 6 females) were recruited from a cardiology clinic database, age range 32-66 years. Participants were randomly assigned to the Internet intervention (n = 12) or the usual care (n = 10) group. The mean total dose, in terms of the time the intervention Web site was accessed was 2 hours over 6 weeks, which was greater than the time spent delivering usual care. Overall, participants' evaluations of the Internet intervention were positive. The costs of development and delivery of the Internet intervention were less than that of a consultation and follow-up in the cardiology clinic for this sample. The Internet intervention appears feasible for testing in a larger study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)648-661
Number of pages14
JournalWestern journal of nursing research
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2009

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Keywords

  • Adults
  • Descriptive
  • Exercise

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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