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Telephone-Based Coaching and Prompting for Physical Activity: Short- and Long-Term Findings of a Randomized Controlled Trial (Movingcall)

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Department of Sport, Exercise and Health, University of Basel, 4052 Basel, Switzerland
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Department of Intervention Research in Exercise Training, German Sport University Cologne, 50933 Köln, Germany
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(14), 2626; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16142626
Received: 9 July 2019 / Revised: 18 July 2019 / Accepted: 20 July 2019 / Published: 23 July 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion)
This study analyzed the short- and long-term efficacy of telephone coaching and short message service (SMS) prompting for physical activity (PA) promotion. Two-hundred-and-eighty-eight adults (age: 42 ± 11 years) were assigned randomly to three intervention arms: The intervention groups received 12 bi-weekly telephone calls with (coaching and SMS group) or without (coaching group) additional SMS prompts (n = 48 SMS). The control group received a single written PA recommendation. Self-reported and objective moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) levels were assessed by a structured interview and by accelerometer at baseline, after the intervention (6 months), as well as after a no-contact follow-up (12 months). At post-test, self-reported MVPA increased by 173 min/week (95% CI 95 to 252) in the coaching group and by 165 min/week (95% CI 84 to 246) in the coaching and SMS group compared to control. These group differences remained similar in the follow-up test. For the objectively assessed MVPA, the coaching group increased by 32 min/week (95% CI 0.1 to 63) and the coaching and SMS group by 34 min/week (95% CI 1.6 to 66) compared to the control group. In the follow-up test, the objective MVPA levels of the intervention groups no longer differed from baseline, but group differences persisted as the control group decreased below baseline. Additional SMS prompts did not result in a further increase in PA. Telephone coaching can be considered an effective tool for PA promotion. View Full-Text
Keywords: physical activity promotion; remote; telephone coaching; SMS prompting; inactive adults physical activity promotion; remote; telephone coaching; SMS prompting; inactive adults
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Fischer, X.; Kreppke, J.-N.; Zahner, L.; Gerber, M.; Faude, O.; Donath, L. Telephone-Based Coaching and Prompting for Physical Activity: Short- and Long-Term Findings of a Randomized Controlled Trial (Movingcall). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 2626.

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