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Research project: MOTH Project 1: Maintaining physical activity through the use of digital interventions for people with a long-term condition/s (LTCs): A scoping review

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Physical activity is known to be an important part of managing a long-term condition (LTC) to maintain mobility, manage symptoms and prevent complications. Digital interventions, such as apps or web-based tools, have been shown to provide some support for initiation of physical activity. This Maintenance Of Physical AcTivity BeHaviour (MOTH) review will explore the potential of digital interventions to help people with a LTC to maintain physical activity in the longer-term.


Review objectives:

  1. What is the “extent (size), range (variety) and nature (characteristics) of the evidence” (Tricco et al., 2018b) on digital tools to support the maintenance of physical activity for people with a LTC/s?
  2. What theoretical underpinnings are used in digital tools to promote the maintenance of physical activity?
  3. What are the experiences of people using digital tools to maintain physical activity?
  4. What are the barriers and facilitators to maintaining physical activity for people with a LTC/s using digital tools?

Future work will determine the effectiveness of digital behaviour change interventions, identified through this review, for supporting people with LTCs to maintain physical activity and identify the associated behaviour change techniques.

Associated research themes

NIHR ARC Wessex: Long-Term Conditions: Integrating person-centred care approaches to optimise healthy living

Active Living Theme

Related research groups

Active Living and Rehabilitation

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