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Research project: Does Behaviour Change Counselling increase levels of physical activity in patients with asthma? - Dormant - Dormant

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To assess the feasibility and patient acceptability of Behaviour Change Counselling in negotiating the role of physical activity in the management of asthma.

A key task for health professionals is to help patients with asthma to increase their physical activity levels. An approach which holds promise is called Behaviour Change Counselling (BCC). Evidence on the effectiveness of BCC in primary care is emerging, but no studies have used it to help asthma patients change their activity levels. With BCC the professional establishes a non-confrontational/empathic atmosphere in which the patient is guided towards exploring and resolving their behaviour change issues. Twenty participants with mild/moderate asthma will be invited to attend for two 30 minute BCC consultations. Changes in physical activity will be assessed after three months. A subset of participants will be interviewed to gather their views on the BCC approach used in the study and eight practitioners from the Primary Care Trust will be interviewed to gather their views about whether BCC could be incorporated into their routine practice.

Project team

Shannon R, Bruton A, Hillsdon M,  Donovan-Hall M

Project funder

Hope UK based Charity (January 2006 - October 2007)

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Related research groups

Active Living and Rehabilitation
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