This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions physical activity, aging, health behaviour, social isolation
Treatment the friendly walking group
Sponsor Queen's University, Belfast
Start date September 2015
End date September 2016
Trial size 60 participants
Trial identifier NCT02596672, 15.30


The multi-level 12 week peer-led walking intervention incorporates aspects from all three levels of the ecological model (with the aim of producing sustained (>6months) physical activity behaviour change in older adults living in independent living communities.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking single blind (investigator)
Primary purpose prevention
The intervention group will include 30 participants aged >55 years from 3 independent living communities. They will complete a 12-week peer-led walking programme. Participants will be paired together as walking partners and will be given a pedometer and step count logs for self-monitoring. The walking co-ordinators will facilitate walking groups two times a week in the local areas, lasting for 30 minutes. The nature of the walks will be tailored to the participants stated preferences of types of activity. Participants will also receive local walking route maps. After 12 weeks, the formal peer-led component will finish and participants will be encouraged to continue walking with their walking partners other activity programmes organised in the fold in order to maintain activity levels.
the friendly walking group
A 12 week peer led walking group for adults and older adults (> 55 years) living in independent living communities in Northern Ireland. Designed to increase physical activity levels of inactive older adults and measure sustained changes in physical behaviour 6 months after the intervention ends.
(No Intervention)
Folds assigned to the control group will not receive any additional support to change their physical activity behaviour over the course of the intervention period. At the six-month data collection point they will be offered a referral to a local walking group in their area or advice on beginning a self-directed walking programme (similar to Public Health Agency www.choosetolivebetter.com/content/getting-active). They will be asked to complete outcome measures at baseline and follow up time-points. Post-study a sample of control participants will be asked to attend a focus group, exploring their views on social activity as form of physical activity for older adults in folds.

Primary Outcomes

Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA)
time frame: Baseline, 12 weeks and 6 months

Secondary Outcomes

Quality of Life
time frame: Baseline, 12 weeks and 6 months
time frame: Baseline, 12 weeks and 6 months
Physical and Mental Health
time frame: Baseline, 12 weeks and 6 months
Social Engagement
time frame: Baseline, 12 weeks and 6 months

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 55 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Adults over the age of 60 years recruited from fold housing associations, dependent on site; those receiving nursing care will not be included. 2. Inactive/not regularly walking (less than 30 minutes 3. Have the ability to read, write, understand and speak English. 4. Can walk freely without human assistance (residents will be included they use a walking stick/walking aid.) Exclusion Criteria: 1. If they have fallen in the last 6 months 2. Have regular nursing assistance/care within the fold 3. Residents with dementia or other cognitive challenges will be excluded.

Additional Information

Official title Promoting Walking in Older Adults Living in Independent Living Communities in Northern Ireland: A Feasibility Study.
Principal investigator Mark A Tully, PhD
Description The proposed study is a cluster randomized controlled feasibility trial of a multi-level peer-led walking intervention. The socio-ecological model and social cognitive theory provides the framework that will help inform and test the feasibility of a multi-level peer-led walking intervention for inactive older adults living in independent living communities in Northern Ireland. The behaviour change techniques identified and extracted from a previous systematic review on the effectiveness of peer-led physical activity interventions helped guide the decision-making process of which behavior change strategies should be included in this study. The logic model helped inform the design and development of the 12 week peer-led walking programme.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Queen's University, Belfast.