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Motivational Interviewing and Physical Activity in Parkinson’s Disease

Posted By Allison Peipert

Project Summary

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Exercise plays a critical role in the management of chronic illness and in promoting healthy aging. Only 28% of US adults 50 years of age or older with disabilities engage in physical activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommended levels.

The goal of this study is to test the efficacy of a 6-month telephone motivational interviewing intervention and a web application for self-monitoring to improve physical activity in persons with Parkinson’s disease.

The study will compare motivational interviewing compared to education (control), a web-based application for self-monitoring and both motivational interviewing and web-based application for self-monitoring to improve physical activity in Parkinson’s disease. We will then recruit 64 participants to participate in the randomized control trial. They will be provided with a 6-month intervention. We will assess covariates, physical activity, balance, and quality of life at 3 months and 6 months as well as 9 months (3 months’ post intervention).

Questions?

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For questions about this project, please contact Linda Ehrlich-Jones (ljones1@sralab.org) or Edeth Engel (eengel@sralab.org).

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