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Factors influencing physical activity in heart failure

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Factors influencing physical activity among individuals living with heart failure: a mixed-methods study.

  • IRAS ID

    205050

  • Contact name

    Aliya Amirova

  • Contact email

    Aliya.Amirova@city.ac.uk

  • Sponsor organisation

    City Univeristy of London

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    2 years, 0 months, 1 days

  • Research summary

    Background:
    Heart failure (HF) is a clinical syndrome resulting from any cardiac disorder that leads to the reduction in the heart’s ability to pump blood around the body. Around 1.1 million people in the United Kingdom suffer heart failure. Physical activity is recognised by national guidelines as an important aspect of heart failure treatment, and is suggested to improve quality of life and health. However, the everyday levels of physical activity in heart failure are low.

    Rationale:
    The benefits of physical activity and its low levels in heart failure suggest a need for a behaviour change intervention aiming to improve physical activity in individuals with heart failure. In order to design an effective physical activity intervention, it is necessary to establish a thorough understanding of the problem ,which involves defining the critical factors influencing physical activity in heart failure. A systematic review conducted as part of this project indicates the lack of this understanding. In line with this, this study will set out to investigate the barriers to and enablers of physical activity experienced by adults with heart failure.

    Aims:
    • To identify and describe perceived barriers to and enablers of physical activity in older adults with heart failure.
    • To describe how patient perceived barriers to and enablers of physical activity are associated with performance of physical activity in older adults with heart failure
    Methodology:
    Sequential exploratory mixed-methods research study, where qualitative data collection and analysis is followed by quantitative data collection and analysis, building upon the results of the qualitative phase
    Phase 1: Semi-structured interviews to explore perceived barriers to and enablers of physical activity levels in heart failure
    Phase 2: Cross-sectional questionnaire and observational study, using accelerometers, to evaluate how the barriers to and enablers of physical activity are associated with performance of physical activity.

  • REC name

    East of England - Cambridge Central Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference

    17/EE/0183

  • Date of REC Opinion

    5 Jun 2017

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion