An exercise programme for community-dwelling, mobility-restricted and chronically ill older adults with structured support by the general practitioner's practice (HOMEfit). From feasibility to evaluation.
JournalArticle (Originalarbeit in einer wissenschaftlichen Zeitschrift)
 
ID 4479549
Author(s) Hinrichs, T; Brach, M; Bucchi, C; Moschny, A; Wilm, S; Thiem, U; Platen, P
Author(s) at UniBasel Hinrichs, Timo
Year 2013
Title An exercise programme for community-dwelling, mobility-restricted and chronically ill older adults with structured support by the general practitioner's practice (HOMEfit). From feasibility to evaluation.
Journal Zeitschrift fur Gerontologie und Geriatrie
Volume 46
Number 1
Pages / Article-Number 56, 58-63
Abstract

Programmes containing health-enhancing physical exercise should be evaluated using standards that are just as rigorous as those required for drug development. In contrast to new medicines, exercise programmes are highly complex. This has to be taken into account when designing the research plan. In order to illustrate the development process of a "complex intervention", we use the example of an exercise programme for community-dwelling, mobility-restricted and chronically ill older adults. Based on a framework for evaluation of complex interventions (Medical Research Council [MRC], UK), a research plan was set up containing the phases: development, feasibility, evaluation, implementation. The development phase resulted in the design of a home-based exercise programme in which the target group is approached and supported via their general practitioner and an exercise therapist. A feasibility study was performed. Three quantitative criteria for feasibility (adoption, safety, continuing participation) were statistically confirmed which permitted the decision to proceed with the research plan. So far, the MRC framework has proved to be valuable for the development of the new programme.

ISSN/ISBN 1435-1269
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Digital Object Identifier DOI 10.1007/s00391-012-0329-z
PubMed ID http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22538790
   

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