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Older people’s adherence to community-based group exercise programmes: a multiple-case study

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Title
Older people’s adherence to community-based group exercise programmes: a multiple-case study
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BMC Public Health, January 2017
DOI 10.1186/s12889-017-4049-6
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Authors

Clare Killingback, Fotini Tsofliou, Carol Clark

Abstract

Physical inactivity is a global phenomenon, with estimates of one in four adults not being active enough to achieve health benefits, thus heightening the risk of developing non-communicable diseases. In order to realise the health and wellbeing gains associated with physical activity the behaviour must be sustained. Community-based group exercise programmes (CBGEP) utilising social supports have been shown to be one means of not only increasing activity levels for older people, but sustaining physical activity. A gap in the literature was identified around older people's long-term adherence to real-life CBGEP within a UK context. This study therefore sought to address this gap by understanding older people's ongoing adherence to CBGEP with a view to gaining further insight about which factors contribute to enabling people to sustain their physical activity levels. A multiple case study research design was employed to understand older people's (≥60 years, n = 27) adherence (≥ 69%, for ≥ 1 year) to three current CBGEP in the South- West of England. Qualitative data (participant observation, focus groups, documents, and interviews) were collected and analysed using inductive thematic analysis followed by the analytic technique of explanation building. Quantitative data were analysed using descriptive statistics and used to set the context of the study. The current study offers five unique insights into real-life programmes which have been successful in helping older people maintain adherence for a year or longer. These included: factors relating to the individual, the instructor (particularly their personality, professionalism and humanised approach), programme design (including location, affordability, the use of music, and adaptable exercise content), social features which supported a sense of belonging, and participant perceived benefits (physical and psycho-social). These all served to explain older people's adherence to CBGEP. These factors related to participant adherence of CBGEP must be considered if we wish to support older people in sustaining a physically active lifestyle as they age. These findings are of interest to practitioners and policy makers in how CBGEP serve to aid older people in maintaining a physically active lifestyle with a view to preventing non-communicable diseases and in maintaining social connectivity.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 186 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 29 16%
Student > Bachelor 29 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 24 13%
Student > Doctoral Student 15 8%
Student > Postgraduate 13 7%
Other 27 15%
Unknown 49 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Nursing and Health Professions 39 21%
Sports and Recreations 24 13%
Social Sciences 19 10%
Medicine and Dentistry 16 9%
Psychology 15 8%
Other 16 9%
Unknown 57 31%

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 6. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 07 February 2017.
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#4,897,962
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#4,835
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#97,400
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Outputs of similar age from BMC Public Health
#1
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