The PRomotion Of Physical activity through structured Education
|Principal research question:||Our goal is to find sustainable ways to increase physical activity among people who are at risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the future, in order to reduce this risk. The results will also be used by the government to help decide which physical activity promotion strategies to recommend in primary care.|
|Background:||This study aims to find out how we can help people at high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes to walk more. We hope that this will reduce their risk of getting diabetes and health problems in the future.|
|Methodology description:||The PROPELs study aims to recruit 1,300 men and women who have previously taken part in our research studies or have been identified from GP records as being eligible for the study. To be eligible individuals must have a blood glucose (sometimes referred to as blood sugar level) that is slightly raised but below the level at which diabetes is diagnosed.
Eligible individuals will attend a local testing centre for a baseline health assessment and will then be randomised (allocated by chance) to one of three physical activity promotion groups (see below). Individuals will be followed up after one and four years for a health and physical activity assessment.
Group 1: Detailed advice leaflet
the DESMOND (http://www.desmond-project.org.uk/) “Walking Away from Diabetes” Programme plus a follow-up refresher 2.5 hr session every year until end of study in four years
ongoing text message support to promote physical activity; participants will receive one text message a week for six months after the initial DESMOND session and once a month after this until the end of the study
|Sample group description:||
Men and women aged 40-75 years old
|Outcome measure description:||Primary outcome: change in ambulatory activity (steps per day measured using an accelerometer) at 48 months.
Physical activity measured by:
Anthropometric and demographic measures:
Psychological variables and other questionnaire data:
|Start date:||01 February 2012|
|End date:||01 February 2019|
|Contact person:||Gwen Brierley|
PROPELS Study Coordinator
MRC Epidemiology Unit
University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine
Box 285 Institute of Metabolic Science
Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Telephone: 0800 085 6183
|Collaborative:||Professor Melanie Davies – University Hospitals of Leicester, Leicester Diabetes Centre;
Dr Tom Yates, Dr Helen Eborall, Dr Laura Gray – University of Leicester;
Professor Simon Griffin, Dr Rebecca Simmons – Medical Research Council (MRC) Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge;
Dr Wendy Hardeman, Professor Stephen Sutton – University of Cambridge.
See more project details on MRC Epidemiology website : http://www.mrc-epid.cam.ac.uk/research/studies/propels/
|Funding organisation name:||NIHR HTA|
|Funding reference number:||09/162/02|