Long-term efficacy of a printed or a Web-based tailored physical activity intervention among older adults

D.A. Peels, C. Bolman, R.H.J. Golsteijn, H. de Vries, A.N. Mudde, M.M. van Stralen, L. Lechner

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    Background: This study provides insight into the long-term efficacy (i.e. 12 month results) of the Web-based or print-delivered tailored Active Plus intervention (with and without environmental approach) to promote physical activity (PA) among the over-fifties. Differences in effect among subgroups are studied as well.Methods: Intervention groups (i.e. print-delivered basic (PB; N = 439), print-delivered environmental (PE; N = 435), Web-based basic (WB; N = 423), Web-based environmental (WE; N = 432)) and a waiting list control group (N = 411) were studied in a clustered randomized controlled trial. Intervention participants received tailored advice three times within 4 months. Long-term effects (12 months after the intervention has started, i.e. 8 months after the intervention was completed) on PA (i.e. self-reported weekly minutes and days of sufficient PA) were tested using multilevel linear regression analyses. Participants' age, gender, BMI, educational level, PA intention and the presence of a chronic physical limitation were considered to be potential moderators of the effect.Results: Overall, the Active Plus intervention was effective in increasing weekly days of sufficient PA (B=0.49; p=005), but ineffective in increasing weekly minutes of PA (B=84.59; p=071). Per intervention condition analysis showed that the PB-intervention (B
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number104
    JournalInternational Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity
    Publication statusPublished - 2013


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