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Do adults wishing to increase their physical activity find forming walking plans useful and acceptable?

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of the study is to find out if forming walking plans is an acceptable and useful way of helping people to do more walking in their day-to-day lives.

Why have I been invited?

We are inviting members of staff at Aston University who wish to increase their physical activity take part.  If you are interested in taking part, please email Loretta Davis, davisl1@aston.ac.uk.

Do I have to take part?

It is up to you to decide if you would like to take part.  Loretta Davis (Researcher) will arrange an appointment to meet with you in MB640 at Aston University. She will describe the study and go through this information sheet, answering any questions you might have before you decide if you would like to take part.  If you agree to take part, we will then ask you to sign a consent form.  You are free to withdraw from the study at any time, without giving a reason.  This would not affect the care you receive in any way.

What will happen to me if I take part?

At the start of the study, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire that asks how you think about walking and how much walking you do. 

You will then be given advice about planning walking activity and asked to form plans for walking.  We will ask you to speak about your thoughts as you make these plans and the session will be tape recorded.  Loretta Davis will be available to answer any questions you may have. 

One week after your first appointment you will also be asked to complete a second questionnaire and participate in an interview about your experience of forming the plans (interviews will be tape recorded).  This will take place in MB640 at Aston University. 

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

By taking part in the study you would learn skills that may be useful to you in helping you to increase your physical activity.  In the long term, increased physical activity could help to reduce risk of illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease.

If the study shows that the planning technique is acceptable it may be further tested and developed to help other people to increase their physical activity. 

What are the possible disadvantages of taking part?

There is a small chance that you could experience pain or over-exertion as a result of walking, but you will not be asked to plan walking any further than you feel comfortable with.  Safety is also an important concern if you are thinking about walking at night or on roads.   You will be given information on how to get started with walking that will include advice on how much to do and tips on safe places to go.

 Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

If you agree to take part in the study, the data collected will only be looked at by the research team.  The information will be kept strictly confidential.

What will happen if I don’t want to carry on with the study?

You can withdraw from taking part in the study any time during the study and up to one week following it. 

What will happen to the results of the research study?

The study will be written up by Loretta Davis as her thesis for her MSc in Health Psychology.  Results may also be published in a scientific journal or presented at a conference.  You will not be identified in any publication of the results.  Quotes from interviews may be used in these reports but they will be anonymisedIf you would like, we can also send you a summary of the study’s results.

 Who is organising and funding the research?

The study is being conducted by Loretta Davis as part of her postgraduate studies at Aston University.

Who has reviewed this study?

This study has been reviewed and given favourable opinion by the Aston University Research Ethics Committee.

 What if there is a problem?

If you have a concern about any aspect of the study, or would like any further information,   please contact the researchers:

 

Researcher:                   Ms  Loretta Davis         07581860054       davisl1@aston.ac.uk

Research supervisors:     Dr Richard Cooke        0121 204 4072      r.cooke@aston.ac.uk

                                     Dr Rachael Powell       0121 204 4188      r.k.powell@aston.ac.uk

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