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Optimising older adults’ home spaces to enhance their physical activity level: an exploratory qualitative study protocol

Naureen Naureen, Joanne Hudson Orcid Logo, Gareth Stratton Orcid Logo, Jane Mullins

BMJ Open, Volume: 13, Issue: 2, Start page: e066940

Swansea University Authors: Naureen Naureen, Joanne Hudson Orcid Logo, Gareth Stratton Orcid Logo, Jane Mullins

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Introduction:Housing is a major contributing factor to health, and better housing condition has been linked to improved general and psychological health. There has also been strong evidence that the physical environment within the home setting substantially impacts sedentary behaviour and physical a...

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Published in: BMJ Open
ISSN: 2044-6055 2044-6055
Published: BMJ 2023
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa62602
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Abstract: Introduction:Housing is a major contributing factor to health, and better housing condition has been linked to improved general and psychological health. There has also been strong evidence that the physical environment within the home setting substantially impacts sedentary behaviour and physical activity in children. However, there is a lack of research that has investigated the physical environment within the home setting in the context of older adults’ physical activity levels and sedentary behaviour. Given that with increasing age, older adults spend large proportions of their time in their homes it is important to optimize older adults’ home settings to support healthy ageing. Therefore, the current study aims to explore older adults’ perceptions around optimizing their physical environment within their home space to support physical activity and subsequently facilitate healthy ageing. Methods and analysis:In this formative research, a qualitative exploratory research design using in-depth interviews (IDIs) and a purposive sampling approach will be employed. In-depth interviews will be conducted to collect data from study participants. Older adults from diverse community organizations in Swansea, Bridgend, and Neath Port Talbot will formally request approval to recruit via its contacts for this formative research. The study data will be analyzed thematically using NVivo V.12 Plus software.Ethics and dissemination:Ethical approval for this study has been obtained from the College of Engineering Research Ethics Committee (NM_31-03-22), Swansea University. The findings of the study will be disseminated to the scientific community and to the study participants. The results will enable us to explore the perceptions and attitudes of older adults towards physical activity within their home environment.
Keywords: Qualitative study, older adults, physical activity level, home spaces, exploratory study
College: Faculty of Science and Engineering
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council - ES/P00069X/1
Issue: 2
Start Page: e066940