Hong Kong Med J 2014;20(Suppl 3):S11-4
Pedometry and ‘peer support’ in older Chinese adults: a 12-month cluster randomised controlled trial
GN Thomas, DJ Macfarlane, B Guo, BMY Cheung, SM McGhee, KL Chou, JJ Deeks, TH Lam, B Tomlinson
Public Health, Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK
1. Use of pedometers and motivation from friends significantly increased physical activity and fitness levels in older subjects.
2. These interventions significantly improved psychosocial parameters, but had minimal effects on vascular risk factors.
3. Further work is needed to find alternative or additional means to modify the behaviour of approximately 50% of subjects who did not increase their physical activity levels.