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Title: “I can do this”: a qualitative exploration of acceptability and experiences of a physical activity behaviour change intervention in people with multiple sclerosis in the UK
Authors: Norris, M
Fortune, J
Ryan, J
Stennett, A
Kilbride, C
Lavelle, G
Desouza, L
Abdul, M
Brewin, D
Anokye, N
Victor, C
Issue Date: 2019
Citation: BMJ Open
Abstract: Objectives: The purpose of this study was to explore experiences of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) who participated in iStep-MS, a feasibility randomized controlled trial of a behaviour-change intervention that aimed to increase physical activity and reduce sedentary behaviour. Design: A qualitative approach was undertaken embedded in the feasibility randomised controlled trial. One-to-one semi-structured interviews were conducted and analysed using Framework analysis. Setting: Participants were recruited from a single MS therapy centre in the southeast of England, UK. Participants: Sixty people with MS were randomly allocated in a 1:1 ratio to the intervention or usual care. Following a purposive sampling strategy, 15 participants from the intervention arm undertook 1:1 semi-structured interviews. Interventions: The iStep-MS intervention consisted of four therapist-led sessions over 12 weeks, supported by a handbook and pedometer. Results: Three themes were identified from the data. “I can do this”: Developing competence in physical activity (PA) highlights the enhanced physical activity confidence gained through goal setting and accomplishment. I felt valued”: the nurturing culture provides an overview of the supportive and non-judgemental environment created by the programme structure and therapeutic relationship. Finally, “What can I do?”: empowered enactment describes the transition from the supported iStep-MS intervention to intrinsically motivated physical activity enactment. Conclusions:Overall, this study supports the acceptability of the iStep-MS intervention and identified key areas that supported participants to be physically active.
ISSN: 2044-6055
Appears in Collections:Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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