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How to improve recruitment, sustainability and scalability in physical activity programmes for adults aged 50 years and older: A qualitative study of key stakeholder perspectives

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dc.contributor.author O'Regan, Andrew
dc.contributor.author Bengoechea, Enrique García
dc.contributor.author Clifford, Amanda M.
dc.contributor.author Casey, Monica
dc.contributor.author Gallagher, Stephen
dc.contributor.author Glynn, Liam G.
dc.contributor.author Doyle, Ciaran
dc.contributor.author Woods, Catherine B.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-04T09:53:13Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-04T09:53:13Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9401
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Physical inactivity among adults aged 50 years and over is a worldwide health concern. The objectives of the study were to investigate the perspectives of those involved with existing physical activity programmes on optimising recruitment, sustainability and scalability of physical activity programmes for adults aged 50 years and over. Methods The study was conducted in Ireland’s Midwest region, where community-based physical activity programmes are delivered to groups by state-funded Local Sports Partnerships. Programme attendees, physical activity professionals and community advocates were recruited. One-to-one interviews and focus groups were conducted in 2018, recorded, transcribed and analysed by an interdisciplinary team experienced in qualitative research. Over a series of meetings, a thematic approach was used to code and analyse the transcripts, categorising data into higher order codes, themes and overarching themes with the purpose of making meaning of the data. Twenty-nine people participated in four focus groups and 18 participated in one-to-one interviews. Findings Data analysis produced three overarching themes. “Age appropriate” explains how communication and the environment should be adapted to the needs of adults aged 50 years and older. “Culture and connection” refer to the interplay of individual and social factors that influence participation, including individual fears and insecurities, group cohesion and added value beyond the physical gains in these programmes. “Roles and partnerships” outlines how key collaborations may be identified and managed and how local ownership is key to success and scalability. Conclusion Successful recruitment, sustainability and scalability require an understanding that the target population has unique needs that must be catered for when planning interventions, communicating messages and choosing personnel. The findings of this study can inform the development of community-based programmes to increase physical activity in adults aged 50 years and older. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Public Library of Science en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries PLoS ONE;159(10), e0240974
dc.subject adults aged 50 years en_US
dc.subject physical activity en_US
dc.title How to improve recruitment, sustainability and scalability in physical activity programmes for adults aged 50 years and older: A qualitative study of key stakeholder perspectives en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1371/journal.pone.0240974
dc.contributor.sponsor Health and Positive Ageing en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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