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How the LiveWell Dorset behaviour change service influences older adults’ physical activity behaviour: A generic qualitative study

As part of the Active Ageing Evaluation project, a qualitative study was conducted between March-July 2020 by the Bournemouth University Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU) that explored how the LiveWell Dorset behaviour change service influences older adults’ physical activity behaviour.

In this study, telephone interviews were carried out with 12 individuals aged 55 to 65 who had accessed the support of the LiveWell Dorset service to increase their physical activity levels, to gain their views and experiences of the service.

Participants highlighted a number of key factors regarding how LiveWell Dorset coaches influenced their physical activity behaviour. These included using a broad range of behaviour change techniques such as goal setting and activity planning, providing opportunities to receive social support, and displaying a kind, non-judgmental and empathetic attitude.

An open access journal article detailing the full results of this study has just been published in Public Health in Practice, which can be found here.

– Andy Powell (Lead investigator, Active Ageing Evaluation project)

Randomised Scone Trials at Dorset County Hospital

Last week, to mark International Clinical Trials Day, BU’s Clinical Research Unit (BUCRU) collaborated with BU alumna Zoe Sheppard and her research team at Dorset County Hospital to take part in their research awareness-raising ‘Randomised Scone Trial’!

The format was simple; participants, after signing a consent form, were randomised to either the ‘jam and cream’, or ‘cream and jam’ arm of the trial, and then provided subjective ratings on important scientific parameters such as taste and texture having eaten their scone. Data are yet to be analysed, but findings are expected to deliver both a high academic and societal impact. Dissemination routes are still being explored.

The event successfully garnered attention for clinical research from both hospital staff and patients alike, and was enjoyed by all. However, it was noted that the scone-containing end of the event table received slightly more attention that the leaflet/information-containing end!!