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J Women Aging. 2016;28(5):454-62. doi: 10.1080/08952841.2015.1018065. Epub 2016 Jul 7.

A pilot study combining Go4Life® materials with an interactive voice response system to promote physical activity in older women.

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a Stanford Prevention Research Center , Stanford University School of Medicine , Stanford , California , USA.
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b Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center , Division of Public Health Sciences , Seattle , Washington , USA.
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c Division of Preventive Medicine , University of Alabama at Birmingham , Birmingham , Alabama , USA.
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d University of Arizona Cancer Center, School of Medicine , University of Arizona , Tucson , Arizona , USA.
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e School of Public Health , University of Washington , Seattle , Washington , USA.
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f Department of Preventive Medicine, School of Medicine , Northwestern University , Chicago , Illinois , USA.

Abstract

Telephone-based interactive voice response (IVR) systems could be an effective tool for promotion of physical activity among older women. To test IVR feasibility, we enrolled 30 older women in a 10-week physical activity intervention designed around National Institute on Aging (NIA) Go4Life® educational materials with IVR coaching. Participants (mean age = 76 years) significantly increased physical activity by a mean 79 ± 116 (SD) minutes/week (p < .001). Participants reported that the Go4Life® materials, pedometer, and IVR coaching (70% reported easy technology) were useful tools for change. This pilot study demonstrates IVR acceptability as an evidence-based physical activity program for older women.

KEYWORDS:

Go4Life®; interactive voice response; intervention; physical activity; women

PMID:
27387264
DOI:
10.1080/08952841.2015.1018065
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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