A pilot study combining Go4Life® materials with an interactive voice response system to promote physical activity in older women

Juliann Saquib, Abby C. King, Cynthia M. Castro, Lesley F. Tinker, Stacy Sims, James M. Shikany, Jennifer W. Bea, Andrea Z. Lacroix, Linda Van Horn, Marcia L. Stefanick

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Abstract

Telephone-based interactive voice response (IVR) systems could be an effective tool for promotion of physical activity among older women. To test IVR feasibility, we enrolled 30 older women in a 10-week physical activity intervention designed around National Institute on Aging (NIA) Go4Life® educational materials with IVR coaching. Participants (mean age = 76 years) significantly increased physical activity by a mean 79 ± 116 (SD) minutes/week (p < .001). Participants reported that the Go4Life® materials, pedometer, and IVR coaching (70% reported easy technology) were useful tools for change. This pilot study demonstrates IVR acceptability as an evidence-based physical activity program for older women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)454-462
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Women and Aging
Volume28
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2016

    Fingerprint

Keywords

  • Go4Life®
  • interactive voice response
  • intervention
  • physical activity
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

Cite this

Saquib, J., King, A. C., Castro, C. M., Tinker, L. F., Sims, S., Shikany, J. M., Bea, J. W., Lacroix, A. Z., Van Horn, L., & Stefanick, M. L. (2016). A pilot study combining Go4Life® materials with an interactive voice response system to promote physical activity in older women. Journal of Women and Aging, 28(5), 454-462. https://doi.org/10.1080/08952841.2015.1018065